“HOW TO LOVE THE _ _ _ _ OUT OF SOMEBODY!”
Happy Thanksgiving! This evening, we will present a reasonably unfamiliar perspective on a very familiar text. Life is mercurial, sometimes pregnant with intriguing twists and turns. In this evening’s text, a parable told by Jesus, the younger son of a well-to-do father unexpectedly, unethically and unlawfully bolts his father’s home.
Tonight’s message focuses on the relational dynamics in this familiar story. Specifically, we will zero in on two things: 1) how to love the loveable when they are acting unlovely; and 2) how God loves us in spite of ourselves. Obviously, we can learn a lot about how to love ourselves and how to love others by how The Lord loves us. Luke 15:11-24
Tonight’s Rhema word will provide enlightenment and inspiration regarding family dynamics, personal wholeness and prophetic justice.
HOW TO LOVE THE UNLOVELY
- The younger son tells his dad: “I wish you were dead.” 12
- In the spirit of resolute rebellion, the son requests his share of his inheritance (BEFORE his father dies). 12
- In response to his son’s request, the father could have beaten the son, or worse. (Exodus 21:17; Deuteronomy 21:18-21) Also, the father could have disinherited the son.
- Squandering a father’s assets was viewed as a terrible crime. 13-14
- The son’s lifestyle sank to the level of “pigville.” Pigville associations were viewed very disgustingly by Jesus’ hearers. 15-16
- The son came to his senses while hanging with the pigs. Desperation, not remorse, drove the son’s decision to return home. 17-19
- Miraculously, the father accepts his formerly rebellious son with unparalleled compassion, forgiveness and joy! The father showered his son with attention, affection and acceptance shamelessly! 20-24
WHAT YOU CAN LEARN WHILE YOU ARE “STUCK OUT”
- How low is the bottom?
- Who are your friends?
- What will you do?
HOW DID WE GET HERE?
- The power exceeds the authority.
- What did you do (at that age)?
- Who were you (at that age)?
- Why did you do what you did when you did it (at that age)?
- Why were you who you were (at that age)?
- What is your real fear?
HOW DO YOU GET BACK HOME?
- Humility: The father ran to greet his son.
- Protection: The father hugged his son.
- Blessing: The father kissed his son.
- Acceptance: The father gave his son one of the best robes.
- Sonship: The father gave his son a ring.
- Victory: The father gave his son sandals.
- Celebration: The father threw his son a party.
Source: TO BE ANNOUNCED
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