Topic: God Loves You! [Saturday August 19, 2017]
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 (KJV)
Still, on the story of the prodigal son, the father did not wait for him to approach the house, he ran to meet him, embraced him and brought him home. That is the degree of love that God has for you. As His child, He is not waiting for you to come crawling, His arms are spread out to receive you. As a believer, you need to get yourself established in the knowledge, unwavering belief, and total acceptance of God’s love for you.
God loves you enough to break protocol for your sake. According to Jewish law and culture, it was forbidden and very disgraceful for a father to run as he did in the public. Following the tradition of the day, the Son would have been welcomed to a ceremony of shame. But rather than allow that, his father reached out to him in love and extended grace to him, even when the law condemned him. Even with all his filth from living with pigs, the father still embraced and kissed him.
Child of God, just like the father of the prodigal son, God does not keep a record of your sin. He has clothed you with the righteousness of His Son Jesus, thereby permanently restoring you to the status of a son. This is open to as many as receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Once you have accepted Him, you can begin to bask in His love for you, knowing that you are a son and you have rights. Do not feel intimidated to run back to Him. Even if you’ve made a mistake, His arms are always open wide to receive you.
May the love of God open doors for you and cause rivers to flow in your desert. Stand up tall, square your shoulders, and bask in the undying love of God for you. You will reign over every prevailing circumstance as a son that you are because His love never fails.
Further Reading1 John 3:1, 4:9-19
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Psalms 103-104; Evening- 1 Corinthians 2
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.