“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4: 8-9
Some parents don’t set worthy examples for their children to follow and expect them not to live as they do but as told to live. That is not a commendable way for parents to raise children. It isn’t always true, but most children imitate the lifestyle to which they are familiar. And it is admirable to have commendable thoughts, but those thoughts need to be put into daily living. I remember before becoming a parent, my desire was to be a perfect mother, but when faced with some challenges of motherhood, I was far from a perfect mother. Though God knows none of us will be perfect mothers, He wants us to be the best mother possible.
1 Samuel 16: 7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I am thankful that God does not judge us by our outward appearance, but on what is in our hearts. Though some appear to consider Mary, mother of Jesus, perfect, she was human and subject to sin as are all humans. It is true she mothered a perfect Son, but He was the divine Son of God and sinless.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, though every one who reads this devotion is guilty of sin, we thank You that through the shed blood of Jesus, when our sins are repented of and by faith confessed to You, they are forgiven. Since Jesus made that possible, we pray and thank You in His name. Amen.