We all recall the account of the so-called "Prodigal Son" in Luke 15:11-32. There are three characters in this account and each delivers a different lesson. Obviously, the Prodigal tells of waywardness and redemption. The "ever faithful" elder brother tells of jealousy and pride. But the Father is the perfect picture of grace, mercy and restoration. It is upon Him that we should focus this Father's Day.
Just what characteristics of God the Father do we need to glean from this metaphor? There are many but here are the highlights, dads:
- Good dads work hard and long to provide for the physical needs of their children.
- Good dads, within the guidelines of Scripture, allow their children to make their own decisions AND to live with the consequences of those decisions.
- Good dads are always on the lookout for the "returning child" from the "far country."
- Good dads are eager to hear the confession of wrong from erring children without any sentiment other than thanksgiving.
- Good dads are eager to offer restoration with out preconditions or pretext.
- Good dads don't demand continual explanations, apologies or rehash after restoration. The good dad leaves the past in the past.
- Good dads don't continue to punish their erring children once they have been restored.
- Good dads "rejoice with those who rejoice," especially children returning from the "far country!"
- Russ McCullough - Distributed through JTC Media