Our anchor scripture, reveals the Father’s unconditional and unfailing love for us is so strong; meaning that the love of God is so real, so intense, and so sublime.
In that story, after living a riotous and profligate life, the prodigal son suddenly came to himself and decided to go back to his father. As soon as his father saw him from afar, he ran to him and embraced him. The first thing he told his father was, forgive me, and his father did! This describes the love nature of our heavenly Father towards us. Once you repent, He is quick to forgive you because He is gracious, loving, and kind. The Bible says in 1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. When a believer who has strayed from the truth returns to God, He receives him gladly and establishes him in the right path. He’s never mad at His kids. He loves us unconditionally. He’s lavished His love on us. So, you need to see that this is grace at work. Unearned and undeserved favour and acceptance. And there is only one place you can find it, in the heart of God Himself. Now, there is no better picture of God’s grace in action than in this story of the prodigal son.
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Few of us today can really feel the impact of this story; like those first Jewish listeners Jesus told it to. You see, by their standards the prodigal son had committed some of the most despicable acts possible. He had not only taken advantage of his father and spent his inheritance in riotous living, he had left the nation of Israel and made covenant with a foreigner a pig farmer. That was as low as you could get. In their eyes, that boy’s rebellion was so serious his father’s only recourse was to disown him. But that’s not what his father did. He welcomed his repentant son home with open arms. Next time you catch yourself struggling to make up to God for something you’ve done wrong, working to win His approval, let the story of the prodigal son set you free. Let it remind you that, the love of God is so real today, in spite of your sins.