What labels have you given yourself or taken on from others? When we look closely at the story of the prodigal son we see the Father never condemned either of His sons. He never called then anything but son. The boy who lived it up or the bitter legalist. His response to both was love. When we know that we are loved because of Christ we will change. Andrew teaches from the story of Simon Peter who was a normal, earthy man who made huge numbers of mistakes. Jesus though see's him through grace and gives him a name that calls out the treasure that was put in him. Jesus does the same for you. Rewrite the labels in your life!
What happens when you live with law in your heart? Can law & grace co-exist? We have never met a happy legalist! Judgement & pride only ever brings death. Jesus brought grace and truth and that tells you what is true - About you, about others and about what Abba thinks. In this final story we see how the Father loves us and deals with us even when we are stuck with the religiousness of our own hearts and how He leads us from that place.
You can probably live with the idea that God tolerates you after you have sinned. Only though if you say sorry.... But what about a Father who celebrates you? A Father who is lavish and way beyond what we would call generous? Our Abba is like that - You may think that your mess means God will not bless you and that all you can expect is the bare minimum. Stop that kind of thinking. In this talk we see how your heavenly Father only ever gives you the best no matter what you have done. Religious thinking will exclude you (the older brother in this story) but grace will free you to enjoy the best that God has.