Tuesday, November 22, 2016

"Like The Prodigal"

"I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee."  Luke 15:18

In the story of the prodigal son what we tend to remember most are the bad things about him and the story-- his rebellion and hate for his father, his waste of his inheritance and the pig pen.  But while he did much "bad" there is one "good" thing that he did.  He repented and returned to his father's house. 

He could have stayed in the pig pen.  He could have stayed in the country he now dwelt in.  He could have thought, "What's the use?"  But he didn't.  He didn't let the shame, the pain, the condemnation, pride or anything else keep him from going to his father.  He went to the father with a repentant heart and the father received him back as his son and even threw a party on his behalf.

There are many today who have wondered away-- either through rebellion or neglect-- from the Heavenly Father.  They have gone their own way.  They have turned their backs on Him.  They have stopped having a relationship with Him.  They have given over to some sin that keeps them in bondage.  Many would like to "return home" to the Heavenly Father's house but are allowing what they have done-- shame, guilt, pride, embarrassment, condemnation or even a misunderstanding of the Father's love and forgiveness and so on-- keep them from returning to Him.

If this is you, don't let anything keep you from going to the Lord in repentance.  Don't think that what you have done is too bad and that there is no way He could forgive you.  He loves you.  He is waiting for you.  He desires for you to return.  He knows your shame, your guilt, all the awful things you have done, your rebellion, your sin and your desire to return.  He gave a promise in His Word that "whoever comes to Him He would never cast out or turn away". (John 6:37) 

Have a great day.  If you have been like the prodigal son and left the Father, be like him again and return to the Father. 

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