The simple and engaging parable type of story from the gospel of Luke called The Prodigal Son is about a wayward son who squanders his inheritance but returns home to a forgiving father and a scornful older brother. In this parable the father who is an unfaltering and forgiving is a representation of the unfaltering love of God the father. When Jesus told the story in His time, the lost younger son was a representation of the sinners or tax collectors while the older son becomes the self-absorbed Pharisees. I think there are two messages in the parable and one is just as important as the other. There is a joyous conversion of a sinner but there is also a restoration of a believer with a closer fellowship with God.
Throughout this story the father of the two sons remained a giving and loving father with a strong spirit of forgiveness. When the younger son asks for his inheritance, which at that time was his right to do, it was as if he were saying he wante...
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...had been cast in stone, I would try to reach out to those who did not know Jesus as their savior. I would pray with them and speak of His everlasting love and forgiveness. Therefore, I would not live much differently than I do now. If I had to picture that day of reckoning I see the heavens open up with a bright but not blinding light. It would be the warmest comforting feeling of joy with the end of restless anxiety. I see Jesus passing by smiling at me with a touch of His hand I will feel a love that I have never experienced before. He will motion me into heaven into God’s open embrace just as a prodigal daughter coming home.
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