Readings Exodus 32:7-11,13-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32
God’s love means we are never absent from God’s concern. God’s mercy means that God will always reach out to us even though we have removed God from our concerns. God’s forgiveness means that we can always come home, if we are willing to embrace ourselves as we are meant to be and God as God is.
We see that, although God’s love is unending, it is not without expectations, and in that sense, God’s love is not unconditional. We prefer God’s love, mercy and forgiveness to be unconditional; meaning we could say ‘sorry’, be told it’s all good, and then proceed to change nothing in who we are, how we think or what we do.
We need to stop expecting God to lower the standards. We need to stop demanding that God affirm us, no matter what. We need to be honest. If I’m with God then I’m for allowing God’s love to change me. If not, then go ahead, risk your life, do your own thing. If you survive long enough to come to your senses, God will still love you, be waiting for your return and ready to forgive… when you’re ready to change.
Peace doesn't just happen; it's made.
CampusPadre is a college ministry Priest Chaplain with 30 years experience in youth and young adult ministry, who strives to let the Holy Spirit lead and challenges students to seek holiness above all.