It is likely you have found yourself singing ‘Reckless Love’ by Cory Asbury recently. If you have not, type it in to Spotify or YouTube and have a listen. Every time I sing this song I find myself thinking how God’s love for us is so far beyond our understanding. All we can do is try and accept it. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, and it is hard to accept something that often feels like it doesn’t make sense. As it says in the song: we didn’t earn it, we don’t deserve it and yet God gave Himself for us. The passage I come back to time and time again is Luke 15:11-31. I’ve heard it said this story should be called the running father (it is actually called The Parable of the Lost Son).
In Luke 15:20 the youngest brother returns home, it says:
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
I find that in my walk of faith, I swing between the youngest brother and the oldest brother’s relationship with their father, in the way I am with God. The youngest brother in the beginning of this passage chooses independence over relationship with his father. Whilst the older brother sticks by his father’s side obediently but then is so angry when the younger brother is welcomed home with compassion. Each day we must remind ourselves, that we did not deserve the price God paid for us by Jesus dying on the Cross and therefore we cannot earn it. God chose to pay that price for us. If we forget this we become like the older brother.
Verse 28-29 say:
The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.'
God celebrates us as we are and this is shown by the father accepting and celebrating both of his sons where they are at, because he truly loves them. Find a way today to try to accept God truly loves you for who you are. God knows us AND loves us, that is good news!
If you’ve got time I’ve got another song to add to the list - Mighty Hand by John Thurlow, I think it paints a picture beautifully of this story. Maybe whilst you read over Luke 15:11-31 again, listen to it.
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