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Breastfeeding: First Lesson of Love

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4 October 2021

In order to understand and appreciate this topic, we need to look away from the graphic nature of the act of breastfeeding and concentrate on the wisdom of God that will be revealed.  Breastfeeding is the first lesson of love that was designed in the wisdom of God and taught by the nursing mothers, one of the two human angels appointed by God to raise up children. When a baby is newly born into this world, the child does not know anyone. He does not know himself nor know who his mother is.  No one introduce the mother to the baby and tell him or her, “Hey, new addition in the family, meet your mother.”  Typical of every newly born babies, what matter to them is the delicious food that goes through their mouth into their famishing stomach.  It was as if they have been fasting for a long time from the womb in the way they always pant for food. Amazingly, in the awesome wisdom of God, the best nutritious food that will sustain the growth of the child is already divinely prepared in the milk ducts of the mammary gland of the mother during pregnancy and in most cases, it is always ready by the time the baby is born.

When the new guy with loud yelling is crying because of hunger, the mother pacifies him with milk from breastfeeding and the father will be watching his baby suckling in admiration. When the mother is breastfeeding the new baby, in most cases, the baby always close his eyes. As time goes on, when the child finished the milk snack of his mother and he is full, he looks up and catches the pair of beautiful eyes of the mother staring at him, and he would look back. When the mother smiles, he too smiles back at mom with his toothless smile.  There and then a divine connection, which is the intention of the Creator, that had began with the pregnancy of the baby begins to unfold. The painful processes of labor delivery had been overcome by the joy of the new addition in the family. The constant caring and consistent nursing of the mother will now enhance and help the child in identifying his mother. Little by little, the mystery of bonding and close attachment and love for their mother and father will be established as the baby continue to grow up in the caring hands of the two human angels of the family and could now clearly identify them and relate with them as his or her parents.

Love is all about sacrificially giving and appreciatively receiving. The act of love is completed and fulfilled when one graciously gives unto other and other appreciatively receives from the gracious giver. God first love humanity when He create man in His own image and put him in the Garden of Eden. Even when man blew it in Eden, He still love man and made provision for our redemption. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator of the whole universe built on the principle of the first lesson of love taught by the nursing mothers through breastfeeding, and today we love Him because He first love us. He gracious gave His love and we appreciatively received His gift of salvation. We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

By demonstration, our Lord Jesus Christ went further to teach the disciples rudimentary of love. He rose up from the dining table at the Last Supper, when the disciples were still licking their fingers, tied a towel round His waist and began to wash the feet of His disciples. After that He taught and commanded them that they should love one another. “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” John 13:34. We are now closely knitted in love with our earthly mother and father before we realized that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)  The foundation of Pauline poetic masterpiece of love in (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” This poetic masterpiece is to be applied on the lives of every human being on earth that benefited from the first lesson of love.

Even when a child bites the nipple of his mother with his toothless mouth during breast-feeding, the kind and compassionate love of the mother will still prevail over the childish prank and the mother will still breastfeed the baby whenever he is hungry, because “love covers over all wrongs” (Proverbs 10:12)  That is why the window of the mercy of God is always open unto all sinners that can genuinely seek for forgiveness of their sins. Through the unmerited love of our Merciful Heavenly Father, the salvation of our souls  is readily available to usher us in to His righteous side.  As we received the abundant love of God, let us therefore endeavor to extend the same love of God unto others in forgiveness, in evangelizing and in interceding for others.

Prayer: O Lord, endow me with the insight of your wisdom in order to be able to live in your love, relish in it and appreciate the grace of salvation that you made available for me, in Jesus name. Lord, let me learn how to reach out to others with the love of God in our daily interaction with others in Jesus name, Amen.


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