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The Father's Love is Unconditional!

Thursday, January 10, 2013 (6:59 am)

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions

Hebrews 13:1. Let brotherly love continue.

As we continue in our study of the parable of the Prodigal son, let's focus on the central figure in the story — the father. The father is much like the helpless parent whose unending love is neither understood nor appreciated by either son. He allows his sons to make their own decisions, despite how bad those choices may be. No matter what terrible wrong they may commit, he loves them — a perfect picture of the love of our Heavenly Father has for his children.

Notwithstanding the father's love, the younger son wants to see him dead, so he can receive his inheritance, while the elder son is self righteously preoccupied with the "good standing" he has "earned". Their father's unconditional love for them is completely beyond their comprehension.

The younger son begins to understand his father's love only after his rebellion bears its bitter fruit, he is desperate, helpless and humbled, and finally returns desiring just to be a servant — yet upon his return he experiences the love of his father who prepares a kingly feast for him and restores him as a son.

What happens in the heart of the elder son is uncertain. He has been working in the field seeking to earn his father's love and acceptance. So he explodes with self-righteous anger when his father prepares a feast for his undeserving delinquent brother. Since his understanding of love is conditional, he can't believe that his father would reward his brother's behavior — and he jealously wonders why his Dad has never lavished him this way. No hint of love or joy over his brother's repentance or his father's relief when he returns. Instead he calls him the "son of his father" (Luke 15:20), and is filled with bitterness and accusation. Perhaps it amazed him to begin to realize that his father's love had all the time been unconditional and freely given without measure simply because they are his sons. We can only hope he finally softened under that realization.

God is not just a "loving" God — the scripture says that "God IS love" [1 John 4:6]. When we fully realize that His love cannot be earned but is freely given, then we will serve our Father because of His love for us! With so much work to be done, let's be sure we're working in and out of love — and not because we're trying to earn it!

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2 Responses to “The Father's Love is Unconditional!”

  1. lajuana morris Says:

    Thank you for this word — do you have anything on John 14?

  2. roxx Says:

    i understand this but is still struggle with earning God's love..guess it reflects my relationship or lack of relationship with my earthly father. I was not good in his eyes and no matter how hard i tried to be good it was still never good enough for him. I was consider a good for nothing and never amount to nothing, knowing Gods words i still struggle to believe my earthly father words even today and i am a grown women with a good husband and two kids. I still the hear hear the words of my earthly father YOU ARE NOTHING..

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