Monday thoughts

The father loves each son and gives each the freedom to be what he can, but he cannot give them freedom they will not take nor adequately understand. The father seems to realise, beyond the customs of his society, the need of his sons to be themselves. But he also knows their need for his love and a “home”. How their stories will be completed is up to them. The fact that the parable is not completed makes it certain that the father’s love is not dependent upon an appropriate completion of the story. The father’s love is only dependent on himself and remains part of his character. As Shakespeare says in one of his sonnets: “Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.”

Arthur Freeman

One thought on “Monday thoughts

  1. And therefore, the reason why Christians seek to be more Christ-like, and seek to obey His commands, is not because we fear that He will not love us if we do not do so, for we should know that His love is complete and eternal.

    But because our love for Him compels us to want to please Him in all that we do.

    That was a question by the way. =p

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