Love is such an integral part of all relationships. When love is absent, there is no relationship. That is one of the reasons why we stated in the previous series that your relationship with the Father is priority. When it comes to our Father, it is impossible to separate who He is and what He does. For example, God loves, that is His character, yet, He is love, the Bible tells us. His nature and character are inseparable.
Mark 12:30-31 (NKJV)
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
The parable of the lost son (Luke 15:11-32) is symbolic of our relationship with the Father and it clearly portrays His nature and character of love including other relational qualities as well.
i) A loving father does not withhold any good thing from the child. We are told that the son asked for his own share of the goods and the Father divided his livelihood to his two sons (verse 12)
ii) Although the younger son misused all that was given to Him, his Father was moved with compassion even when He saw his son coming from a distance. And the Father welcomed him (verse 20). Amen.
We see the aspect of generosity, care, and compassion being expressed as a result of love. Amen.