What Is God Really Like
Intro: There is God AS HE IS and God AS WE CONCEIVE HIM TO BE. We worship God as we conceive Him to be. Everything in the Christian life is simply a response to what we believe about God.
This passage is a picture of a father's heart and shows us the kind of God we have.
I. GOD IS A FATHER KIND OF GOD WHO GRIEVES OVER EVERY ONE OF US
A. This is a new revelation. You don't find this concept in the Old Testament. The first time God is referred to as "Our Father" is in Matthew 6.
B. God has to accommodate Himself to our language. Everyone understands what a father is supposed to be.
C. God voluntarily exposes Himself to pain when He becomes "Our Father". The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to hurt. (v. 20) The father is suffering more than the prodigal.
II. GOD RECEIVES US JUST AS WE ARE.
A. He won't let you stay as you are but there are no words of recrimination.
B. The Father saw him a great way off and ran to him. (v. 20)
C. The son waited so long to come home because h ...
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