God’s Love Empowers us to be Lovely

Every mother/daughter story is different but the common thread I have seen is this: Christian women desire to be proactive, rather than reactive, in their relationship with their mothers. How exactly can we do this? In John 13, Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” When our love for others flows out of our love for God, their actions and reactions are no longer relevant.

Article by: Sarah Koontz, Founder of Living by Design Ministries

Six months ago I invited you into the struggles I have experienced in my role as a daughter.

Since then, dozens of women have contacted me to share a piece of their story mother/daughter story with me.

Every story is different but the common thread I have seen is this:

Christian women desire to be proactive, rather than reactive,  in their relationship with their mothers.

How exactly can we do this?

In John 13, Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

When our love for others flows out of our love for God, their actions and reactions are no longer relevant.

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I do not love my mother because of who she is; I love my mother because of who God is.

The truth of Jesus’ words in John 13 freed me up to love my mom without expectation or reservation, and has dramatically improved our relationship.

And maybe, just maybe, these words can transform your relationships too.

Are you struggling to love your parent, spouse or child? I encourage you to ask God for the faith to believe and apply the radical truth of John 13.

God is ready to rescue you, to redeem your story, and to teach you how to be fiercely His.

I’m sharing the beautiful story of how God transformed my relationship with my mom at ShannonGeurin.com this week.

Every mother/daughter story is different but the common thread I have seen is this: Christian women desire to be proactive, rather than reactive, in their relationship with their mothers. How exactly can we do this? In John 13, Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” When our love for others flows out of our love for God, their actions and reactions are no longer relevant.

Every Hollywood film has a victor and a villain, but you would be gravely mistaken if you attempted to cast my mother or me in either of these roles.

In real life, our Great Victor is always Jesus Christ and the villain is none other than…you guessed it…Satan.

You will discover, as this story unfolds, that the only way to overcome obstacles in relationship is to recognize that the true battle is always between the Victor and the villain.

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If you are struggling in your relationship with your mom, I encourage you to read our mother-daughter story from the beginning:

1: To the Grown Daughter Who Has Failed to Love Her Mother Well.
2: Here’s What Happened When I Chose to Forgive My Mom.
3: Careless Words and Broken Egg Shells
4: Fiercely Loving  My Perfectly Imperfect Mom
5: Beauty for Ashes: How God Redeemed My Mother-Daughter Story

Our God is in the restoration business; there is no relationship on earth beyond the reach of His agape love.

It’s not easy to love our moms—selflessly and without expectation—but it is what God has asked of us.

And God never asks anything He does not also empower us to do.

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Even if your mother-daughter relationship is never restored this side of heaven, you can have peace in knowing that you did everything within your power to love your mom well.

And isn’t peace what you’ve been longing for, after all?

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About the Author: Sarah Koontz

About the Author: Sarah Koontz

Sarah Koontz is the founder of Living by Design Ministries, a non-profit organization that exists to deliver free Bible Studies to inboxes around the world. She is a passionate storyteller who enjoys using illustrations to communicate deep spiritual truths. Sarah and her husband Ryan live on thirteen acres in the heart of the Black Hills, SD. They have two beautiful daughters, a rowdy flock of chickens, and a house full of foster kittens. Sarah is an avid gardener, a faithful coffee drinker, lover of one-pot-dinners, an unexpected homeschooler, and a Dallas Seminary student.

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