Day 3 – The Depth of the Father's Love
We should pay special attention to the inter-relationship among the three parables. First, we should notice that the "loss ratio" illustrated in the three parables progresses from 1 percent, to 10 percent, to 50 percent. Another point worth noting is the progression in the intrinsic value of the loss, from a lost sheep, to a lost silver coin, to a lost child. This serves as a reminder to us that no matter how insignificant we think we are, in the eyes of the Father, we are of utmost importance to Him. We are precious, His beloved ones, and each of us matters to Him! This is the Father's Heart. That explains why the moment we are found, it brings Him exuberant joy beyond measure, which is so out of proportion by human standard!
This also reveals the difference between our Heavenly Father’s perspective and our secular perspective. It reminds us not to use our human standard to measure love, especially the Father's love for each of us. This also reminds us of the importance of knowing the Father’s Heart! Otherwise, we are ignorant of our value in His eyes, let alone knowing our way back to the Father’s house, and accepting all the amazing graces that He wills for us!
Immerse yourself in the three parables. Do you notice the difference between the Father's love and the earthly love that we know of?
Are you thirsting for and ready to receive the Father's love for you?
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.