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Friday, May 30, 2014

Think About It

Already Forgiven

In Luke 15:11-32 is a story about a man and his two sons. The story is commonly referred to as the Prodigal Son. It’s an interesting story because in many ways it demonstrates, through the sons, human behavior and attitude. But regarding the attitude of the father, we see a man who was more concerned with his son and restoration than retribution. It would appear that the father was in the habit of going out and looking for his son’s return. He probably did this on a daily basis, hoping that his son to see him coming from a distance. For the father, the son was already forgiven. But for the son, he saw his life as a consequence of his choices. He believed that he was not welcomed back home, and when he decided to return he did so with the attitude of becoming a slave in his father’s house. Oddly enough we’re no different. When we’ve blown it, we don’t see forgiveness coming to us without some sort of restitution. We believe that there’s nothing free in life and certainly not forgiveness.

The story of the Prodigal Son represents how God the Father looks at us. We will go to great lengths to try to avoid the confrontation because we believe that we’ll be in trouble. Remember the son? He stooped to sloping the hogs, which for a Jew was about as low as one could go. What do we do to avoid confrontation when we have to own up to what we’ve done? The problem is that we’re already forgiven and all we need to do is respond.

In life I have counseled with many people who were afraid to go back to a parent, spouse or someone else that they had offended and sinned against. Their fear keeps them stuck and frozen in anxiety, depression and isolation. Often times if they would respond back to that person they would find that they have already been forgiven. Life is short and to live it with things left undone or incomplete is to live in a place of despair. You and I have a choice to take the plunge and move towards reconciliation. With God you’re already forgiven and with others you may be as well. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Very nice!

Anonymous said...

I used this story in Sunday school a few weeks ago, and asked the class (Adults) if it was a story about a young man who had sinned, or a story about a loving forgiving father?