While at UCLA I learned from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics that we are utilitarian at heart. We are basically selfish creatures like the Bible says. That is to say, we value others based on what service or benefit they bring to us; “what’s in it for me?” We find the complete opposite is true when it comes to God and the integrity of His love. In Luke 15, we have a wonderful illustration of that love. Not only did God show unmerited grace, mercy and favor to the wayward son, but he also showed that same love to the self-righteous, arrogant, smug, hateful, older son. The older did not feel the younger deserved the father’s love and forgiveness. Yet, what the older failed to realize was that the father loved him just the same way. His love was impartial. The father loved each of them the same, despite their folly; in mercy for both; in fairness to each. In the parable of the Prodigal we have a story of God’s consistent character and the integrity of his love. In this story we may not see a perfect father, but in Him we have a perfect love! May we try and live our lives with this same kind of love in mind.
Happy MLK, Jr. Day,