Thursday, May 17, 2007

He ran into his father's embrace (Luke 15:20)

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), known as the "prince of Scottish hymn-writers" and as pastor is quoted as saying:
"No gloomy uncertainty as to God's favor can subdue one lust, or correct our crookedness of will. But the free pardon of the cross uproots sin, and withers all its branches. Only the certainty of love, forgiving love, can do this. Free and warm reception into the divine favor is the strongest of all motives in leading a man to seek conformity to Him who has thus freely forgiven him all trespasses.
A cold admission into the paternal house by the father might have repelled the prodigal and sent him back to his lusts; but the fervant kiss, the dear embrace, the best robe, the ring, the shoes, the fatted calf, the festal song -- all without one moment's suspense or delay, as well as without on upbraiding word, could not but awaken shame for the past and true-hearted resolution to walk worthy of such a father and of such a generous pardon."

"... Abominable idolatries come to be the abhorrence of him round whom the holy arms of renewed fatherhood have been so lovingly thrown... The gaieties of the flesh have lost their relish to one who has tasted the fruit of the tree of life."

from page 10.14, "How People Change Workbook"

God's Word:
Luke 15:20 "So he got up and went to his father.

"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.

21 "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'

22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

1 comment:

Alyssa Faith said...

A wonderful truth. I don't know how many lessons from the story of the prodigal son I've heard in my life, but it seems there's always something more to learn from it! Thanks for sharing!