Our Prodigal series continued Sunday as we took a look at the heart of the father, specifically the heart of our Father God. Still in Luke 15, we broke down some distortions that we might have about God, the consequences they bring, and the true reality of our Father’s heart.
- Any false distortions we may have about God’s character has a consequence with it
- If we think God is a cosmic cop out to get us, we’ll be tempted to make deals with God to try and get what we want
- If we think God will not / can not forgive us for certain sins, we’ll forego the abundant life that Jesus said he came to give us
- If we think God only wants something from us, we’ll fail to see that God wants for us joy and that God really wants more FOR us than he wants FROM us
- Any distortion about God we believe has a negative consequence to it
- In the story of the Prodigal son, we see the true heart of the Father
- The heart of the father is to allow us to make our own mistakes. He uses those mistakes to shape us
- No ordinary Father would run to someone who basically said they wished he was dead, to embrace him and take him back in. God is no ordinary Father
- The heart of the father is to not treat us like second class sinners. He gave his son who returned the best robe, the family ring, shoes for his feet and the party of the year.
- This Father celebrated the return of his son who was thought to be lost and is now found. We can learn more about celebrating by seeing how the Father celebrate the return of his son.
- If you’re in Christ, and you have found yourself far from home, God does not see you as a second class sinner, but as a son or a daughter. The best seat in the house is still set aside for you
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Join us next week as we close the series and look at the older brother in the story.