Pastor Donna Schultz of Grace Church in Port Hope, Ontario continues the sermon series on “parables: secrets of the kingdom of heaven” with “The Father’s Heart”:
Last week we looked at the deaf hearts of the younger and older sons, they were unable or unwilling to hear the heart of the Father.
Taking those first steps towards repentance is moving toward blessing.
Right from the beginning of time the Father’s great love for us is being made known.
There is hope because of God’s great love.
Slow steps of repentance are met with swift steps of forgiveness; God comes running as we limp back to Him.
The best robe is the robe of righteousness which covers all that any of us have ever done.
Did you know that your actions could bring such joy to the Father? Did you know that repentance from you can bring such overwhelming joy to the Father?
There’s no greater joy the Father could have than to welcome any one of us back to Himself.
Forgiving us washes our sins giving us a new cloak.
For any one of us who are not following Christ we are wretched inside, but we’re reminded again that there is no sin too big, nothing that can avoid God’s embrace to us when we come to Him in repentance.
Psalm 103:1 – 8 from The Passion Translation:
With my whole heart, with my whole life,
and with my innermost being,
I bow in wonder and love before you, the holy God!
Yahweh, you are my soul’s celebration.
How could I ever forget the miracles of kindness
you’ve done for me?
You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done.
You’ve healed me inside and out from every disease.
You’ve rescued me from hell and saved my life.
You’ve crowned me with love and mercy.
You satisfy my every desire with good things.
You’ve supercharged my life so that I soar again
like a flying eagle in the sky!
You’re a God who makes things right,
giving justice to the defenseless.
You unveiled to Moses your plans
and showed Israel’s sons what you could do.
Lord, you’re so kind and tenderhearted
to those who don’t deserve it
and so patient with people who fail you!
Your love is like a flooding river
overflowing its banks with kindness.