A Father's love is one of protection.
An image of a loving Father is often absent in society's imaging and stereotype symbolism.
The Father's love is the key to what holds all of life together.
This week at Bethel we studied this in three ways:
# 1 - Perfect Love is not forced
The prodigal son journeyed to a far country. Oftentimes, people have to hit rock bottom to realize what opportunities they have turned away the entire time. Perfect love does not force reciprocation. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love doesn't force love in return.
#2 - There is no love to surpass the love of God
Every human analogy falls short when describing God's love. Dr. S.M. Lockridge once said that his King is the only one of whom there is no means of measure to define His limitless love and that this love never changes. This is true, and there is nowhere you can go to escape God's love. Romans 8:38-39 tells us that nothing can separate us from this God-sized love. It is real and it is more powerful than anything else within comparison.
#3 - Divine Analogy
While human analogies fall short of comparison, Jesus as the only perfect human offers up the only perfect analogy of the Father's love. The parable of the prodigal son depicts this incredible love on many levels. Regardless of what you may have done and where you may have run, your heavenly Father's stance towards you has not changed. Even if you don't realize or often consider the distance between you, take time to consider how much He loves you. It's not one to demand a response, but the radical grace is certainly far superior to any other alternative.
Push into His presence in a deeper way this week! You will be surprised by the difference in your experience with God when you connect with a Spirit-filled community to encourage you and spur you on when things get difficult. The Holy Spirit is moving around the world, and we are preparing for a great local move of His Holy Spirit here in Durham before Jesus's soon return.
God's Word is both timeless and powerful today!
We hope that you will consider this week's message in greater depth in the days ahead and meditate on God's Word in the attached pdf outline.
You can find the sermon and all resource attachments in the link below.