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A Parable of Love

January 10, 2017

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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. )

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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.

Philippians 3:12

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