The Prodigal’s Suspicion

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.?? 1 John 3:1

?No doubt, at first, the prodigal boy did not believe what was happening. There was his father, running, throwing his arms around his wayward child, embracing him, ?filled with compassion for him? as Jesus says. But the son?s heart was probably still saying: ?I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.? His sin had so burdened him with guilt that he just could not have expected his father?s loving gestures. How could his father still love him??

?Many Christians go through much of their life with the prodigal?s suspicion. Their concentration is upon their sin and failure; all their thoughts are introspective. That is why (in the Greek text) John?s statement about the Father?s love begins with a word calling us to lift up our eyes from ourselves and take a long look at what God has done: Behold! ? look and see ? the love the Father has lavished upon us!? ? Sinclair Ferguson, Children of the Living God

I confess, I too am guilty of the prodigal?s suspicion. My concentration is upon my sin and failure, my thoughts are introspective. The result? I doubt the Father?s love.

I want to look up, to behold, to lift my eyes and see the glorious love of my Father.

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What about you? Do find yourself struggling with the prodigal?s suspicion?

Stephen Altrogge

I'm a husband, dad, writer. I drink too much coffee and know too much about Star Wars. I created The Blazing Center. I've also written some books which people seem to like. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook