A Father’s Love

I’ve been doing some studying lately on the Prodigal Son.
My study has developed a sincere love for this parable.
The main source of my study has been a book entitled “The Cross and the Prodigal” by Dr.Kenneth Bailey.

Today I would like to share with you some things that I have learned through this study.
This is NOT a book review.
I hated writing book reviews in college and not about to start writing those again.

The word prodigal means “a man who has a single evil quality, that of wasting his substance.
Everyone has a single evil.

That evil (our sin) breaks our Father’s heart.
He sees us as living away from his love…
a love that he desperately wants to give us.
He was heart broken the day that we broke our relationship with Him.

As we try our best to live away from the Father’s love…
we have two choices…
1. Continue to live away from his love.
2. Become so desperate that we go home.

If we go home… we will be welcomed with the unending love of our Father.
If we continue away from him… we will forever be separated from Him.

Upon going home…
Our Father’s love is so great…
that he takes on our shame.
Shame that we deserve…
He accepts in our place.

This love…
is so deep…
so wide…
so great…
that we could not possibly understand it.

Here is how the Apostle Paul put it in Ephesians 3…
17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.
Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide,
how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.
Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

It is my prayer for you today…
that you would no longer procrastinate experiencing His love…
this love that God freely gives to you.

How does God’s love for you motivate you?

You can read the parable of the “Lost Coin… Lost Sheep… and Lost Son” in Luke 15.

A Father’s Love

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