1 Corinthians 13:1-13
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have aprophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, bso as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 cIf I give away all I have, and dif I deliver up my body to be burned,1 but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 eLove is patient and fkind; love gdoes not envy or boast; it his not arrogant 5 or rude. It idoes not insist on its own way; it jis not irritable or resentful;2 6 it kdoes not rejoice at wrongdoing, but lrejoices with the truth. 7 mLove bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, eendures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For nwe know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but owhen the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For pnow we see in a mirror dimly, but qthen face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as rI have been fully known.
📌The Father here represents God and the Prodigal Son represents humanity.
📌Love from God empowers us to respond:
🔹calmly to difficulties,
🔹demonstrate patience in seasons of waiting, and
🔹sacrifice without complaint.
📌We offer God’s love when we can:
🔹 Act generously,
🔹Serve joyfully, and
🔹Restore those who fall.
Now, let us analyse these briefly based on the actions the Prodigal son’s father.
🔹 Forgives others:
📌The prodigal son wasted his father’s money in riotous living and discovered both the empty promises and destructive quality of sin. Upon the boy’s return, his father forgave him completely. Love made it possible to wipe away the past (Ps. 103:12).
🔹 Acts generously.
The son, having just fed pigs, (which was an abomination for the Jews), arrived at his father’s estate with few expectations. The forgiving dad greeted him most warmly and dressed him in the finest garments. Godly love, which keeps no record of wrongs, enabled the father to show generosity.
🔹 Serves joyfully.
What a celebration the father had upon the prodigal’s return! His joy in his lost son’s homecoming overflowed to others. Love expresses itself in willing service.
🔹 Restores those who fall.
The one who both abandoned his father and squandered his inheritance was again given full rights as a son.
📌What the father of the prodigal son did with his wayward son is what God does for humanity. There is always joy in heaven when sinners come back to their senses and come return to God.
📌When we mess up, our heavenly Father patiently waits for us to turn back to Him. He accepts our repentance, rejoices in our return, and restores intimacy with Him. What a Father!
📌The elder brother in this parable missed the point because of his self-righteous attitude (1 John 1:8). He behaved like the Pharisees. He didn’t recognize his mistakes or the many times his father had shown him love and forgiveness.
📌God calls us to a lifestyle of agape love.
📌To whom could you extend the divine love that forgives, restores, and serves with generosity and joy?
📌Do not forget, all sinners are out of their senses. It is only those who realize this and come back to their senses that return to the Lord.
📌Are you outside Christ? Come back to your senses and return to the Father to have ALL the benefits of a returned prodigal son. Remember, time is running out. Do it now.
Shalom & Maranatha !