We studied the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11:32) in church this past Sunday. I found myself focused on the final two verses:
“My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”
I made me wonder….
Am I that able to forgive the past in exchange for the present and the future? We’ve all had those experiences where we’ve been hurt or taken advantage of by someone else. Maybe those hurts remain fresh in our thoughts and hearts. The prodigal son said to his father, “I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am not longer worthy to be called your son.” The father accepted his son’s confession and choose to focus on the present rather than the past.
Aren’t we grateful that we have a Father that sees and has compassion for us? Aren’t we grateful that our Father forgives our past and gives us the grace to become a new creation?
Who are the prodigals in your life? Will your forgive them as God has forgiven you?