Earned…

The story of the prodigal son in the Bible has to be one of the most taught passages of all time. Everyone has a take on this piece of scripture. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can check it out here.

But today I was reading a book called Surrender to Love by David G. Benner and I came across an interesting angle that I had not picked up on before. The following quote comes from page 20:

“Part of me–I suspect part of all of us–wants to earn the Father’s love. In the story both sons fall into this trap, and both have to learn the same lesson. The Father’s love reflects the Father’s character, not the children’s behavior.”

Ummm, wow.

That is such a true statement. I’m thankful to have read it. It really does help me understand a ton of things.

Grace, forgiveness and love have nothing to do with me, everything to do with the character of the Father. Because of who He is all these things are possible. Has nothing to do with me. Never has, never will.

This also reminds me of another quote that is apropos for this topic. I think it was Perry Noble, a pastor at Newspring Church in South Carolina that said, “You can’t let God down, you never holding Him up.”

God is who He is. We don’t impact that at all. We can only benefit from who He is. I am thankful for who He is. I need his Grace, Forgiveness and Love more than I care to remember. This doesn’t give me a free pass to go be a terrible person, but it does remind me of the solid rock I have under me regardless of how I get off track.

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