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The Everlasting Love of God
Having a right relationship with God begins with identifying, acknowledging, and confessing any issues that are out of alignment with His Word. Perhaps you’ve made a mistake and the consequences have caused you to stray away from God. You prayed and prayed, but you feel as though your prayers have gone unanswered. And just when you were at the point of desperation, nothing good was happening for you. Are you harboring guilty feelings or do you have unforgiveness towards someone who may have wronged you? There could be a number of reasons that have caused you to turn away from God. You may feel as though God is not pleased with you. Well, let’s take some time to reflect on the everlasting love of God.
Straying away from God is not the answer that brings a solution to any problem. In actuality, the answer to any of our problems starts with God. We must humble ourselves, seek Him first, and then ask for help. If you feel as though God is mad at you, or that He does not love you, you ought to know that you could not be further from knowing the true character of God. God is a loving Father who cares about everything that concerns His children. He loves you with an everlasting love, and He would never cast you away because of a mistake
The “Parable of the Prodigal Son” (Luke 15:11:32), is a perfect example of a father’s love for his son. The young man in this story wanted to make his own way in the world, so he requested his inheritance from his father. He left home and started living his life recklessly. Living loosely he spent every cent of his inheritance. Needless to say that after the money was all gone, so were his so called friends. Total bankruptcy brought him to his senses, and that was when he started to miss home. He remembered the sadness on his father’s face the day that he left home. Longing to return, he humbled himself and headed back home.
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The Bible describes it this way, “When the son came to himself, he said ‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, I am no more worthy to be called thy son, make me as one of thy hired servants.’ His father saw him coming at a distance and with compassion took off running, threw his arms around him and kissed him”, (v. 17- 20).
Now, here is the essence of the story, 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. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate!” (v. 22-23). The father was so elated about his son’s return that he not only dressed him in the finest garments, he also threw a royal feast in honor of his return!
The parable of the “Prodigal Son” is actually the story of how our Heavenly Father feels about us. Jesus gave us this parable as an example of the deep love God has for us. His desire is for us to love Him, too. He knows what is best for us and He wants to give us His best.
Now, you may have prayed to God in regards to a specific problem or situation, and perhaps you don’t understand the answer that He gave you. Sometimes His answer is, “Yes,” “No,” or “Wait.” If the answer is “Wait,” that does not mean “No!” (Make a mental note of this) “A delay is not a denial!” During times of waiting, we must search our motives and check our attitudes. Are you waiting quietly and patiently? Are you trusting God while you’re waiting, or are you indignant about His decision? Believe me, He knows what’s best for you, and He knows what you need before you even know that you have a need. He can see far beyond the urgency that you’re feeling at the moment.
Having a relationship with God is the most important relationship that you can ever have. Not only is God’s love everlasting, but it is also unconditional. He has a good plan for your life, which includes living life more abundantly. This is the “Ultimate Gift” that a father can give to his child. Have faith in God and trust in Him with your whole heart. He wants to give you his absolute best. So, run into His loving arms. He’s standing there just for you.