“His father saw him and was filled with compassion for him;
he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
You can never truly understand forgiveness until you have really loved.
The father in this major parable of Jesus was a great lover. He loved his younger son deeply enough not to retaliate when his son rejected and humiliated him. He loved him enough not to force him to stay at home but to let him go and learn for himself. And he loved him enough to not even consider being cold, judgmental and withdrawn when his son returned. Instead he threw dignity to the winds, ran to his son, embraced him, kissed him and restored him to his place in his heart and in his home.
Peter, who had been forgiven so much knew the truth of this when he said,
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
So did Paul when he said,
“it keeps no record of wrongs.” (1 Corinthians 13:5)
God loves us far too deeply to want to hold our rejection and sin against us. His love for us is greater than the pain that He feels. His love for us is so great that He had to find a way to save us from ourselves.
You never truly understand love until you want to forgive.
Look at God’s great act of love. Think over what it means to be loved so much.
Father please help me to grasp more of Your great love for me and help me to grow in love myself. Amen.