Daily Word

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Compassionate Father

Psalms 103:13

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

A father's compassion toward his own child is much different than that of a distant relative or an acquaintance. A father will go to great lengths to spare or save his son.

However, there is only so much a father can do for his son. He can teach him, guide him and lead him down the proper road. If the son decides to take a different path, then the father's heart goes out to that son.

Take a look at the parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15.

The son demanded his inheritance and received it. This is important to understand. The son received from the father even though the father knew what was best. The took his blessing and left.

He went into another country, went clubbing, found some women and spent his entire inheritance. When he had realized what he had done, he remembered his home. He knew his father would have enough compassion on him to at least let him be a servant.

Upon arriving back home, he found how much his father's compassion encompassed. Although his son had been partying in another country in another fashion, the father said, "Let me show you how a real party is thrown!"

How much greater is our God's compassion toward His children?

If you have left the embrace of God, He is waiting with arms wide open ready for your return. Go back to Him.

If you are in His arms today, thank Him for His compassion toward us. Show your appreciation toward Him.

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