Prodigal's Return: Father's Compassion

Father's Love: Running Embrace"

DAILY DEVOTIONS

8/31/2023

photo of man holding boys forehead
photo of man holding boys forehead

Father's Love: Running Embrace"

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. Luke 15:20

Imagine yourself in a critical situation and you are in need of medicine due to a high fever but no one is nearby to help you. However, you found someone to assist you in this dire need among your relatives or someone else. How much will you express gratitude?

In our pursuit of worldly desires, we often find ourselves distant from the ones we hold dear. We chase after fleeting pleasures, blinded by momentary satisfaction. This separation not only affects our relationships with loved ones but also with our Heavenly Father. In Luke 15:11-32, the parable of the lost son reminds us of the cost of straying from love and belonging.

Reflecting on the Old Testament, Isaiah 53:6 (NIV) tells us, "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way." This echoes our inclination towards selfish desires. However, Romans 11:15 highlights the boundless grace of God, even when we wander.

The father's response in the parable encapsulates divine compassion. Seeing his wayward child, he doesn't wait for an apology. Instead, he sprints toward his son, embraces him, and kisses him. This mirrors God's overwhelming love and eagerness to forgive us when we turn back.

The book of Ephesians 2:1 points to our spiritual state before Christ – dead in our transgressions. This parable raises questions: Are we aware of our wanderings? Do we recognize the depth of our Father's love? Can we admit our need for reconciliation? How much will you express your gratitude?

Let us thank the Father for sending His Son to reconcile us. Through Jesus, we find forgiveness, a path back home. Gratitude flows not just in words, but through transformed lives, free from the chains of worldly desires.

Let's spend some time giving thanks and praying. Heavenly Father, Your love astounds us. Like the lost son, we come humbly before You and thank You to Jesus, who bridged the gap between You and us offering us a new beginning. Help us live in the light of Your compassion, embracing reconciliation and extending it to others. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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