In part 2 of, “Love School,” we examine the parable of the prodigal son to really get a picture of what keeps us from receiving the Father’s unconditional love.
Both sons, like most of us, were living under the illusion of separation from their father. Both were operating out of self-righteousness, independence, and judgment. The prodigal judged himself as unworthy of returning to his father’s house because of his sin. The elder brother judged himself as righteous and deserving of his inheritance, while judging his younger brother and being offended at the celebration thrown for him by their father.
Through this parable we see that it is performance-based self-righteousness, independence, and judgment, of ourselves or others as worthy or unworthy, that hinder our experience of the Father’s unconditional love.
And this is what Jesus came to abolish. We belong to God’s family because of Jesus, not because we are good, deserving, or worthy. Jesus is the reason we have access to sonship. We can’t earn the love of God, and we can’t squander it away. Rejection is simply not a godly principle.
The proclamation of the Gospel is that God’s love is free, and it has been decided (without our participation or permission). It is a license to be loved. It is an invitation to the party, an invitation to be a son.
So, let’s drop the judgment, put on the royal robes, and enjoy the party as we celebrate what God has done for us!
Listen to Episode #133 – Love School, Part 2
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