Today’s passage is a well-known parable of Jesus and the story shows of how God loves us. And in the text we can find five truths about God’s love.
First, the story tells us that God’s love has no limits. From the father’s perspective at least, there is no condemnation. He doesn’t greet him with the words, but he greets him instead with open arms. Secondly, the story tells us that God’s love is a patient love. We do not know how long the prodigal was gone. Jesus did not give us a time frame. God waits patiently for his son to return. Third, the story implies that God’s love is eager. The father ran and embraced him and kissed him. Fourth, God focused on us and not the sin we have committed. The father never even asked the boy how he wasted all that money. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that he is back home. Lastly, the story implies that God’s love is a joyful love. The father interrupts his son’s confession because he doesn’t want to hear it; he only wants to get on with the celebration to have a party!
The good news is that God our Father is the one who has stretched out his arms in merciful blessing, never forcing himself on anyone, but always waiting; never letting his arms drop down in despair, but always hoping that his children will return home. Now, we need to change out our attitude by concentrating on these five facts about God’s love. If we can learn from this, then that is a beginning, and as Jesus calls God “Abba, Father”, we, heirs of Christ, can also call him, ‘dad, father.’ IL-WOONG.
Broken A moving story about forgiveness, peace and ending the escalating cycle of hatred. Broken is inspired by the true New Zealand story of a young girl who was murdered by a marauding tribe in the mid 1800’s. She always carried the Gospel of Luke with her until the book was stolen by her murderer. Upon reading the book, the murderer was so filled with remorse, that he sought out her father to ask for his forgiveness. This astonishing act brought peace between two warring tribes. Broken tells the modern-day version of this story. Logan, an ex-gang leader, has left the gang to raise his daughter, Tori. When Tori is murdered by an opposing gang, Logan must choose between forgiveness or revenge as things quickly escalate towards an inevitable gang war.