A Loving Father

Luke 15:20,21 (NKJV)

20 And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

Think back to your childhood years and the relationship you had with your father.  Are the memories joyous?  Are they thoughts you want to retain and share with others?  Are the times uneventful or even painful?  So many things that happen throughout our childhood years shape us into the adults we are.

Some go on to be parents that improve in showing love to their children.  Some repeat the same events good or bad because they think that is normal.  Some may never become parents at all because they are living in fear.

Let us look at the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 and mainly at these two verses.  We see the youngest son thought he was prepared for life and was willing to give up the relationship he had with his father.  He wanted what was due to him and he was ready only in his mind.

We have all thought we were ready for the next season in our life only to find out we were not prepared.  This young man blew it all and could have easily let pride get in his way.  We have all had a moment where pride gets in the way.  It gets in the way because we focus on us.  That is why when we look at the word pride we see the letter “I” in the middle.

When we think of only ourselves the “I” will always struggle.  It truly had to be hard to go back and say “I blew it forgive me.”  Forgive me for the gift you gave me yet I lost it all.  The young man was being watched for by his father as we see he saw him coming in the distance.

What a relationship this father had with his son to still watch for him, let him grow up, and still meet him where he was.  He was down and out physically, mentally, financially and spiritually with only one way to turn.

You may be in a place you feel you have no where to turn.  You may never have come to know God as a loving Heavenly Father because of the relationship you had with your earthly father.  You may have had a great life in your home and in your spiritual life with God and have now drifted.

You can never drift to where God does not know where you are.  You may have lost every gift you have ever received from Him.  Yet there is one gift God has for you when you ask.  That gift is forgiveness and He is a loving Father who always listens and waits for you to come to Him.

You can let pride get in the way or let His love for you guide you home.  Jesus paid the price for you on the cross and that is how much God loves you.  Receive forgiveness on this Father’s Day.