So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. Luke 15:20-25
You are Worthy of God’s Love
Greetings friends, I trust you are well and are still acknowledging the love of God in your life. I know some who face difficulties at this stage might question if God loves them or even care about them.
Today I write to encourage you that the Lord God of truth loves you, and He has not left your side; He is with you and for you, and He will see you through; it does not matter how hard things have become.
This day, may I encourage those who feel it’s their fault things have not worked out, those whom the enemy is putting so much guilt and condemnation in their hearts.
May I share with you two stories in the bible where God demonstrated so much love for the person who felt so lost and thought they did not deserve the mercy and the kindness of God, and they were so wrong because, in the end, God embraced them and showered them with so much love.
Now when King David came to Bahurim, there was a man from the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei the son of Gera, coming from there. He came out, cursing continuously as he came. 6 And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David…..10 But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? So let him curse because the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David.’ Who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’” 2 Sam.16:5-10
As we read from the above mentioned scripture, we can see that at that point, the king did not think he deserved God’s love; he did not feel worthy of any respect from the people because of the sin he committed against God. He accepted all the bad that was taking place in his life, with no hope of experiencing God’s love and acceptance.
However, in the end, after he had passed through many afflictions, God restored him to his throne, and he became a king in Israel and Judah. He received the promise God made to His people is Isaiah 61:7, where He said, ” You will receive a double measure of wealth instead of your shame. You will sing about your wealth instead of being disgraced. That is why you will have a double measure of wealth in your land. You will have everlasting joy.”
The God of love did not stop loving the king, even though it was his fault. This love foreshadows the kind of love God would demonstrate to His people in the new covenant of grace. We read about this love in Luke, chapter 15, from verses 11 to 32. In this story, we learn that the younger son requested his father’s inheritance while his father was still alive, left his family home, and went squandered all the wealth his father gave him.
At some point in his life, this young man encountered hardship because he had exhausted all his inheritance, and not only that, there was a severe famine in the land. Life became hard to the point that he served in the fields and fed swine and shared meals with the animals he was feeding.
Eventually, he came to his senses and returned home. As he went back home, he did not expect to find any form of acceptance; he did not expect his father’s love. He only needed shelter, and he was willing to serve under his father as one of the servants.
He was lost and feeling so unworthy of his father’s love. He was full of shame and disgrace and defeat. He could not even recognize himself, but he had a father who loved him with undying love, never-ending love, who recognized him from a distance and ran towards him and embraced him and showered him with so much love that he never thought was possible at that time. His father welcomed him back and dressed him afresh, and restored him to his position as a son in the family. His father did not even want to discuss the matter; he was happy to have his lost son back home where he belonged.
Likewise, It does not matter if it was our own doing or somebody put us in a predicament; God will always respond to us with love, for God is Love. He can respond to us with love, even if we lose our path; He comes chasing after, puts us on His shoulders, and brings back to the way we are supposed to follow.
In the new covenant of grace, God has demonstrated a greater love for you. He has paid the price that will continue to prove until eternity that you are worthy of God’s love. It does not matter if you miss Him along the way; His love for you remains the same. It does not matter the circumstances; God’s love will prevail because His love never fails.
Today Christ is reminding you that His love for you will conquer the work of the enemy in your life. God’s love will restore you to your original position and purpose, and you will receive even more than what you deserve as we read in Isaiah, chapter 61, verse 7.
May you find courage this day, knowing that you are worthy of God’s love. May you see this love amid storms of life. May you discern this love amid confusion, doubt, and may it restore your passion for Him.
God loves you; He is with you and for you. Thank you for reading this post; I appreciate you; many blessings to you.
You Are Worthy of God’s Love!