Friday, April 27, 2012

Unconditional Love

 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two maidservants.  He put the maidservants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.

He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.  But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.
Genesis 33:1-4

Jacob was about to encounter the brother he had cheated and deceived so many years before, and he was afraid.  He was convinced that Esau would still be angry with him and he did everything he could to prepare.  Jacob prepared his heart to be condemned, but Esau met him with grace, love, and acceptance.

How many times do we approach God with this same attitude?  We are so sure that He is mad at us or doesn't approve of our behavior that we come to Him full of self-condemnation or sometimes stay away all together.

I have to wonder....if Jacob had known that Esau loved and forgave him, would he have returned home sooner?

What's keeping you from running to God?

 Many blessings,
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  1. "would he have returned home sooner?" Good question. We stay on the run much too long sometimes!

  2. Such great wisdom Lisa! He doesn't condemn us, just loves and forgives... why we ever run is beyond me. Blessings!

  3. Its definetly a great story about facing your fears! Thank you for sharing. This brought such deeper thoughts and understanding concerning previous study!! :)

  4. I'm the one who stays away. I tend to run the opposite direction, but so thankful that God chases me down with His love and brings me back into His presence.