“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
There’s a word that describes this kind of love – lavish. The father in Jesus’ story of the lost son doesn’t hold back his happiness about his son’s return. Excitement to see the young man compels him to rush down the road! The son must have been astonished – he’d been ready to beg for his father’s forgiveness and for a job. Instead, he is swept up in a warm embrace and welcomed home with a kiss. Jesus paints this picture of our Heavenly Father to teach us what His love for us is like. The more I experience of this lavish love, the more I want!