Greetings and good morning brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This morning we ponder our lives as we seek to understand the spiritual value of motherhood.
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The Spiritual Value of Motherhood
"He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children, Praise ye the Lord.” Psalms, Chapter 113, Verse 9.
Brothers and sisters, in today’s broadcast we explore the spiritual value of motherhood. Mothers are special and unique for they nourish and nurture the developing child, carrying him inside until he is ready to be born into the world. After the child is born into the world, the mother still continues to nourish and nurture the growing child for she is the primary caretaker of the child. Because of her continuous intimate contact, she comes to know the child in a way that the father of the child never can.
Mothers though female are a separate class from all other women. They have undergone such a unique experience, that they are forever changed. Only a mother can comprehend the value contained within the experience of motherhood. A mother who has brought a child into the world knows the full measure of the joys and the sadness, the successes, and the disappointments, the pain, the sorrow, the happiness and the pleasure of rearing a child. This unique experience forever links a mother to her child in a bond of motherly love. No matter what the child may do, a true mother still loves him.
The concept of motherhood along with the associated concept of fatherhood is essential to our spiritual development, for God is our Father. In order to comprehend the spiritual Father and the spiritual Son, we, the faith sons and daughters of God must become very familiar with motherhood and fatherhood. Fatherhood and motherhood are not real as a personal experience to those who have not undergone this unique experience. As a part of our personal experience these concepts of motherhood and fatherhood are prerequisite to comprehending the spiritual Father, and they must be obtained either here or in the hereafter. Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansion, places where the necessary training is supplied for those of us who lack such essential experiences.
As a mother nourishes and nurtures her helpless offspring, and as she guides and encourages the child's development, she develops a love in her personal experience that is very much in an analogous way similar to the love of the divine Son, Jesus. By her display of this love, others may better grasp a clearer concept of the mercy of the Son. As this love is displayed to the males who never can be mothers in the true sense, they are able to develop truer concepts of the divine Son. In a unified family of father, mother, and child, this display achieves its greatest revelation.
Also like motherhood, the concept of fatherhood is also essential for the male to grasp the concept of the Fatherhood of God. A father provides the overcare, the over control of the family unit. He provides the physical security, provides the resources used for self maintenance and self perpetuation. He provides the purpose, and guides the family in carrying out this purpose. He is the final net, the insurance against default by the family unit. When any segment of the family unit fails, the father is there to pick up the slack. The experience of fatherhood is essential to grasp the love of the Father for the divine Father is more like a father of an ideal family unit. As the father displays this love in the form of ceaseless watchcare and over riding concern for members of the family, they are better able to grasp the love of the Father. Again it is in the family unit of father, mother, and child that this display can achieve its greatest revelation.
As the mother and the father cooperates in this family partnership, something entirely new is created, something of even more value. The father and the mother are still present in the partnership, but their union liberates new potentials that were not visible either in the father or the mother. Their union creates the spirit, the agency of action for both of them. They are able to complete tasks and achieve goals that before their union were impossible of achievement.
The spirit which is the union of the human mother and father has amazing versatility, and is able to overcome all sorts of difficulties. This union of the human mother and father is also an essential basic experience, for it is the first of a long series that will eventually prepare us for the recognition of the Spirit-the third member of the Trinity. God is unity, and must be comprehended as One before the three separate divine Personalities of the Godhead can be recognized. Thus it is seen that the human experience is after all a reflection, though imperfect of the divine experience.
This concludes today's message on understanding the spiritual value of motherhood. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day.
Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.