Mother-Love

What do we understand by the term "mother-love"; and why is it regarded so highly by humanity? Is it not because mother-love manifests unselfishness, willing service, purity, constancy, readiness to forgive, unreadiness to take offense; in fact, all the elements of the wonderful quality described in the thirteenth chapter of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians?

A mother's love is unselfish because it is never tired of serving. Nothing is too much trouble, whether or not anything is received in return. Its purpose is to give, and it is little concerned with getting. Its greatest joy is derived from seeing the beloved ones free and happy. Who has not seen a busy mother's face light up as she watches her child at play, or listens with loving sympathy to some tale the child has come to tell her? And who so readily opens comforting arms when consolation is needed? The prophet Isaiah must have recognized this quality when he represented God as saying, "As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you."

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