Prodigal Son

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them”. Luke 15:11-12

One of the best parables in the Bible, The Prodigal Son, who asked his father for his inheritance and took off to live it up. Many of us can probably could relate to this story in one way or the other, whether you’re the Prodigal Son, The Father, or you’re his brother.

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. Luke 15:13-14

In just days he spent his entire inheritance on partying, sounds like fun until reality hits him. In days he went from living the lap of luxury to poverty. He went from being an employer to being a servant. Our decisions in life greatly effect our  outcome. How many of us have squandered great opportunities in life to pursue foolishness?

I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants Luke 15:18-19

Pride can be our biggest enemy, but the Prodigal son was smart enough to come to his senses. He learned humility and swallowed his pride. How many of us had to do this?  How many of us is our Pride effecting our life?

. So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him..’ Luke 15:20

The Prodigal Son figured he was done, not worth of even being called his son. But his Father showed great compassion and mercy. Just like our Heavenly Father shows us great mercy, when we wander away, squander our blessings, he still is there to receive us once again with open arms.

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. Luke 22-24

This is what happens in Heaven also when a sinner is saved, when the lost if found. God celebrated the return of his children. Do you demonstrate mercy and forgiveness like the Father? Or do you condemn and judge?

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. Luke 28:29

His brother wasn’t as happy to see him, instead of celebrating his brother’s return he was filled with anger and bitterness. So which one are you? The Forgiving Father or the Condemning Brother?

Our Heavenly Father knows us, and sees your good deeds and they won’t go unnoticed. So when a lost soul is found, lets be grateful and celebrate in Jesus Name Amen.

12 thoughts on “Prodigal Son

  1. Noel David

    Our Heavenly Father overlooks our many sins and failures/unfaithfulness. He comes running to embrace us the moment He sees us (no matter what we have said or done against Him) coming back to Him – even before we open our mouth and ask pardon for our sins. We (Preachers and Believers/Couples from EVERY church) make a mockery of God’s love when we (Preachers, Believers and Spouses – SINNERS without an iota of doubt) remain so very rigid, unforgiving and reluctant to welcome back ANYONE who has wronged us, betrays us, goes against us or hurts us…. In many a case, even when the SINNER says sorry for what he/she has done – the church leaders and believers/spouse fail to forgive them …. It’s time, we learnt to be like Our Father in loving, forgiving and graciousness/fairness etc. and not be like any other hate-filled, merciless and unjust creature on earth….

    We ALL must remember that even before ANY of us SINNERS returned back to God or said we were sorry for our sins, HE came to us (never the other way about) SINFUL and UNFAITHFUL lot. He dwelt amongst us sinful lot. He taught us how to love and forgive, to heal and save – by suffering all kinds of rejection, humiliations and pain – and ultimately laying down His life as a ransom to save us sinners from eternal damnation.

    Though most of us or NONE of us would be willing to lay down our lives to save the other or take up his/her punishment upon us – we should be willing enough to love and forgive (ANYONE who is unfaithful to us or hurts us) without ceasing and without laying down any conditions – as the Lord did and does with all of us sinners…..

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  2. Prodigal Daughter

    The prodigal son although it’s a story about a wayward and a condemning brother is really all about the Father. We have a saying that goes something like this: “A child can forget a parent, but a parent can’t forget a child.”There is no condemnation with the Father-only forgiveness and understanding. This view of the Father enables us to come to the throne unashamed but repentant. Thank you for the share and have a blessed weekend.

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