“…Great compassion swelled up in his heart for his son who was returning home. So the father raced out to meet him. He swept him up in his arms, hugged him dearly, and kissed him over and over with tender love.”
Luke 15:20 (TPT), the story of a prodigal love.
Why we call it A Prodigal Love?
Most of us read the parable of the prodigal son (the Bible actual calls him the lost son) and label the son, recklessly spending all his inheritance, as the prodigal one.
A closer look into the scripture will reveal that the prodigal one is really the father. Understanding this requires a definition of the word ‘prodigal.’
Prodigal → having or giving something on a lavish scale.
The son had a lot in terms of inheritance but he did not give on a lavish scale, rather, he squandered his money on reckless living until it ran out.
What was lavish and abundant in this story (and in our every day lives) was the love and grace that the father poured out to both of his sons, especially the lost son. This story is an illustration of God the Father’s lavish love for us even though we may squander our inheritance on sinful living.
The Father is always ready to leave the 99 and run out to find the lost one calling out His name (Luke 15:4). He will embrace us before we can even say one word of what we have done wrong and shower us in His infinite lavish love.
Our mission at A Prodigal Love is to feed your soul’s hunger for the reckless and extravagant love of God.
“Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a TPT.