Reflecting on Luke 15:11-32
It is hard, after all, to love a God of justice and righteousness and not to love those qualities overmuch. It strains our human frailty to hate rebellion, squandering, and wantonness – prodigality – and yet be able to embrace one so wasteful. … Yes we want grace, but in the recesses of our hearts, if we are honest, we want it doled out with justice.
[Yet the] love of the father is more prodigious than the son’s waywardness. The love the father shows the Prodigal Son – both in the son’s leaving and in his returning – is nothing if not extravagant. It is a love that is blind to past wrongs and present accounting. It is a love that offers the loved one the freedom to squander, without cajoling or badgering or wrangling the prodigal into wisdom.
Karen Swallow Prior
Christianity Today (Sept. 2013)