Not Fearing Mother

There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

  • 1 John 4:10

Let Israel say:
    “His love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say:
    “His love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say:
    “His love endures forever.”

  • Psalm 118:2-4

“All real fear goes when we know that God loves us, because fear comes when we’re in the hands of someone who does not will our good.  A little boy lost in a department store will stand in a paroxysm of hysterical fear; people’s faces are strange, even those who want to be kind.  The child is afraid that he may be in the hands of somebody who wills him harm.  But when he sees the familiar face of his mother, he runs sobbing to her and climbs into her arms.  He’s never afraid in the hands of his mother, because experience has taught him that Mother wills his good.  Perfect love casts out his fear.  When the mother is not there, fear fills the little child’s heart, but Mother’s kind, smiling, eager face drives out fear.”

  • A. W. Tozer, A Love Worth Giving

Rev. A. W. Tozer must have had a saintly mother to have that literally happen just as he describes it, but maybe my mother was not normal on the other end of the spectrum.  Even then, we are told that God loves those that “fear” Him.

Even saying that, I do not think my fear of my mother is what the psalmist is suggesting.  I had a fear of my mother’s wrath, but she rarely hit me.  She had my Dad for that.

But if I got lost in a department store, something that really would have been impossible, in that I stayed right next to her…  But if that happened, I would be boxed around the ears.  I would be slapped so hard that the next slap would be seen coming in that she would slap my eyeball into my ear.  Like I said, she rarely touched me, but she made you think that she was both capable and also that she might enjoy it.

No, if I were lost in a department store, I would seek my mother’s mother, who had the capacity to forgive my misdeeds.  Really, MawMaw might join me in a misdeed or two.

And thinking of my mother’s mother, MawMaw, she fits the Tozer description to a tee.  So, maybe if you cannot relate one parent, there is another extended parent who fits the role of being that one who would hug and kiss you with unconditional love, even when you have just caused a major commotion in the department store.

And while God’s presence, when described in various prophecies, is rather on the scary side, there should be no fear of God, because God loves us unconditionally.

That is what this is all about.  Yes, there are those who God will say that He never knew, because they did not believe and trust in Jesus, but for those in the book of life, God loves each of us.  Like the parable of the Prodigal Son, God runs and embraces us, whether we are the life-long evangelist or the guy who accepted Jesus on his death bed.  In fact, Billy Graham spoke of being one of the last to get to see Jesus.  He said that there were so many people that he depended upon in his ministry who never got any recognition, and he was the face of the organization.  He felt, God would spend a few eons with those faceless hard workers before he got around to Dr. Graham.

No, I still fear my mother, even though she has been gone roughly ten years, but her mother was someone who seemed to glow when I entered the room.  She was so glad to see me, and she loved me regardless of the situation.

God loved us first, while we were sinners.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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