1. Unconditional Love and Forgiveness
No matter what one may do to one’s dog – though no animal should be abused, this is just for illustration purposes – the dog will forgive and run back with the same love. He gives himself unconditionally and pardons the same way.
Something man, usually full of pettiness and grudges toward others, would do well to apply to his life.
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates his brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” 1 John 4:20
“Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’ ” Matthew 18: 21,22
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13
2. Absolute Trust and Obedience
The relationship between man and dog is a very well defined one. It is Master and Animal. As such, the dog is always at his master’s feet and relies on him for everything, especially food.
“Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Matthew 15:26
When crumbs do not fall from his master’s table, the dog has faith that his master will feed him somehow. In return, the dog trusts and obeys him unconditionally. It’s not a coincidence that the dog is called man’s best friend.
Now if only man would emulate such trust and obedience, since he too has a master, God.
“Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.” Jeremiah 17:7
Just like man ensures that his animal is cared for, God also provides man with everything he needs to go through life.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34
God thus guarantees His provision for the necessary things in life; and all He asks in return is that man completely and unequivocally surrenders his heart to Him, by seeking His Kingdom and His Righteousness (i.e., by constantly being at His feet and obeying His commandments).
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15