A Parable of Love
A Parable of Love
A parable is an allegory, as we see in Luke 15:11-32. It’s a story that is told to teach us a lesson — a lesson to be remembered — a lesson to be applied — a truth we might otherwise easily forget in life.
Jesus told parables because He wants us to remember some very important facts about our lives in this world. So when we read Jesus’ parables, we look for the lesson He is teaching. The truth Jesus wants us to remember could remain hidden from us, if we don’t take the time to seriously consider it and take it into our hearts. This is God teaching us.
Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15 is known by many. But, amongst all those who “remember” the parable, how many honestly realize just how deeply God loves them and yearns for their return to Him? Do we carry with us that peace and joy of knowing with certainty that God Almighty loves us in the midst of all of our troubles and cares? Do we know for sure that God will gladly forgive absolutely all of our sins the very moment we turn to Him? That is the point Jesus made.
That is the lesson we need to hold close to our hearts and never forget.
We are all like the prodigal son in many ways. We foolishly and egoistically waste all the gifts God gives us. We tend to become arrogant and think we can do as we please with our gifts. Our pride and independence make us stubbornly stay away from God just as long as we can. We selfishly think more of ourselves than of God — not to mention justifying those selfish thoughts. We are lost prodigals.
It’s time to go back to the love that is patiently and faithfully waiting for us.
It took quite a bit of suffering for the prodigal son to remember his father’s loving ways. He had known the love of his father for many years, but had never cared about it or appreciated it until he had to live in the squalor of the pig pen.
Our Lord sends us daily lessons that are meant to draw us closer to him in prayer and praise. We all have daily mini-disasters and come upon tragedies of various sorts. We might feel that we have reached the end of our rope and wonder if God loves us.
In this pig pen of our life, we need to remember our heavenly Father’s loving intent to draw us near to Him in truth.
It would be foolish to allow our pride to keep us starving in the pig pen. When we turn to our Lord, He will embrace us with great loving compassion and rejoice to have us back again, where we belong. Like the prodigal son, we will be instantly and totally forgiven for every single sin.
The rejoicing father made absolutely no stern warnings that the prodigal son would have to pay him back for all that he had wasted. None whatsoever. But with love overflowing, the father immediately gave him the best robe, sandals, a ring, and a huge celebration party.
What is Jesus teaching us about God’s forgiveness and love? Can you believe it? It’s the truth we need to remember. It’s truth for you and me.
Every day we need to turn to our heavenly Father with all our sins and let Him forgivingly rejoice over us. The children of God will always turn to the Lord, so that their joy might also be full as they rest in the Lord. Trust God’s promise.
Psalm 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.
( I wrote this post in August 2006 and it was posted on a website that does not keep an online archive. )
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.