“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.” Luke 15:20
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;” Psalm 103:13
This father knew his son had made some serious mistakes and yet when his son came back, he ran to him, hugged and kissed him. He didn’t ignore, yell at, punish or condemn his lost son. He forgave him. He showed his son compassion. When you read further in Luke 15 you will see that this father not only runs to welcome him but rejoices in celebration. What a beautiful depiction of compassion.
Compassion is about grace, love, and restoration.
Our Heavenly Father is the same way. We all have made serious mistakes at times. Our Father is eagerly waiting for us to turn to Him, seek Him, come back home and ask for forgiveness. When we repent of our sin our Heavenly Father will run to us and wrap His loving arms around us because He is compassionate.
Prayer: Lord, we thank You for Your Word of Truth. We thank You that when we falter, turn away or get caught up in sin, that You are there eagerly waiting for our return. Thank You for Your gracious, undeserving forgiveness and love. Lord, if any readers need Your forgiveness, touch their heart and cause it to flutter, inspiring them to confess their sin to you right now. Let there be rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10)! We thank You in Your Son’s precious name, Jesus. Amen!