I spent a considerable part of my last week/weekend at my local church in a conference themed “Agape”. Of course love was the subject matter, but the Agape love; love which is of and from God. Listening through from day one (Wed) to the last day (Sun), the Agape love became a sure reality, especially on the Father’s heart. I always thought I knew everything!?…ok, almost everything that has to do with this love! But no! Our mere minds cannot comprehend the breadth, length, depth and height of the love of God. Neither can we use those dimensions (breadth x length x depth x height) to calculate His love for us because it is limitless.
We’ve heard the parable of the prodigal son countless times huh? (Luke 15:11-31). I love that part where this lost son comes back to his senses; admits he blew it, begins thinking of going back home, and meditates how he’ll strike a deal with his father, on working as a minimum-wage servant for his father so that he can prove that he learnt his lesson. This usually sounds like the touchy part in the parable, but it’s because we tend to focus more on the son than the father.
Well, now this is the touchiest part 🙂 . The tender-hearted father spots a lonesome figure that resembles his son, runs towards him, embraces and kisses him. Again…it is the father who runs toward the son. The son then begins by identifying himself to the father as “worthless”, but is cut-short before presenting the “servant-part” of the deal (Luke 15:21-22). However, the father sees so much worth in the very same worn-out son, and clothes him with honor (best robe, ring and shoes).
Jesus is not just telling a nice parable to entertain, but He is revealing the nature and heart of our heavenly Father. You know those prodigal son moments when we tend to feel so lame, blind, dumb, worthless…and we are like, “how could I not see that coming?” “how could I be so blind?” “how could i say that?” “how could I not ace that exam?” The good news is that, Jesus did not come for the perfect/ righteous/ blameless or upright, but for lame people like you and I, who know that apart from Him we can do nothing (Matthew 15:30). Our heavenly Father is passionately in love with sinful, insignificant, rebellious, and frequently indifferent people who come crawling back to him, even after a season of compromise. He does not write us off because His love is constant and His mercies are new daily!
Similarly, nothing ignites and empowers our human spirit like encountering the Father’s love. This love creates a confidence and assurance within us in the midst of trouble or failure. It becomes an anchor that we can hold on to during those moments we claim not to ‘feel’ or ‘see’ God at all. It reminds us that He is faithful and unfailing. It gives us the tenacity to keep going forward, run to God and not from God, no matter how many times we fail or stumble in our weakness. Today, tell the Holy Spirit to reveal the Father’s love to you. We can only comprehend His love by revelation. Shalom!
This is a song by Group 1 crew that i super love. It’s about the love of God. Here’s the chorus…enjoy
His kind of love (His kind of love)
Is reckless for us
His kind of love will never give up
‘Til the whole world knows how far He went to show
His kind of love….