Scripture: Luke 15:20
Journal: Do you really believe that God loves you unconditionally? How do you try to earn God’s love? How does freely receiving God’s love allow you to unconditionally love others?
Reflection: “While he was still a long way off.” While he was still a long way off, he was seen by the eyes of love. While he was still a long way off, the heart of the Father leaped within him. While he was still a long way off, the Father left the house and ran out to embrace, and to kiss, his son. All of that happened while he was still a long way off. He didn’t even have a chance to give the Father his speech.
What is it about us that feels the need to put conditions on unconditional love? Even the son did it: “I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.” Luckily his sonship was not dependent upon his worthiness. And you know what? Neither is ours. Thanks be to God!
Closing Prayer: Thank you, Heavenly Father, that you love us even while we are still a long way off. I, for one, have not yet arrived. I still get it all wrong far too often. My life is still a mess at times. Thank you that all of that doesn’t keep you from loving me, running to me, wrapping your arms around me, and kissing me. I certainly do not deserve it. It is all grace. I thank you for that. Amen.