“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
Brethren, God’s love for you is still intact, true and pure. His love is unfailing and unending. A father’s love that overlook imperfections and weaknesses. Out of love, He offered his only son to come to this sinful world and save us through a shameful death on the cross. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son…..”. “Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,” John 15:13.
The main text above is an extract from a passage/parable Jesus narrated in a gathering. It was at a time, the pharisees and teachers of the law tried to question Jesus holiness because they saw him sitting among sinners. They thought, as holy and divine as Jesus claimed to be(He really was holy), he shouldn’t have been yoking with sinners.Jesus, thus, narrated this parable among similar others to enlighten them on the love of God for his children(sinners), and the reason for his coming into this world.
The parable was about a rich man who had two sons and the youngest rose to his father one day, asking for his share of the properties. He later got it and set off for a distant country, squandered all his wealth in wild living. He became in need and had to even suffer to feed on pods which was given to pigs.Recalling the sweet moments at his father’s house, he decided to come back home to his father and plead for forgiveness and tell his father, he was ready to work as a servant in the house. As the text says in Luke 15:20, “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.” This is just how God loves you.
The father didn’t care how dirty his son has become; he didn’t care about the fact that his son was in tattered clothes and dirty and could stain his expensive robe with filth. He was not bothered at all about his smell or odour. He was just happy to see his son back and safe. He didn’t sit back and wait for his son to walk to him when saw him far off, he didn’t walk to him neither did he turn away from his son. But even as old as he was, he ran to embrace his son and kissed him. This is the kind of love God offers; love that has no boundaries.
There’s no need worrying over your sinful life. God overlooks your sin when you decide to return to Him. No matter how far you have gone into evil, the LORD is ready to receive you if you turn to Him. All He wants from you is for you to confess all sins to Him and turn away from evil. (1 John 1:9) He is faithful and just to forgive you all your sins. It is not too late to return to God. It is the devil and her accomplices who cannot return to God. You are not his accomplice yet; you just went wayward and devil tried to steal and lure you to his side but you can not follow them to that eternal doom(Hell). Your place is in Heaven with Christ Jesus.
God hates sin but loves sinners. That’s why He is still calling you out of sin into His holiness. He is an “I don’t care how far you’ve ran, just come home kinda God”. You have lingered enough. Take a step towards God and He will ran to embrace you, cleanse you and and clothe you with a new robe.
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