Jesus said again: A man had two sons. The youngest says to his father: "Father, give me the part of our fortune which must come back to me. Then the father divided his property between his two sons. A few days later, the youngest son sold his share of the property and left with his money for a distant country. There, he lived in disorder and dissipated all that he possessed. When he had spent all, there was a great famine in that country, and he began to lack the necessities. So he went to serve one of the inhabitants of the country, who sent him to his fields to keep the pigs. He would have liked to eat the fruits of the carob tree that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any. Then he began to reflect on his situation and said to himself: All the workmen of my father have more to eat than they need, while I, here, I'm dying of hunger! I want to go back to my father's house and I will say to him: My father, I have sinned against God and against you, I am no longer worthy that you regard me as your son. Treat me then as one of your workers. And he went back to his father's house. While he was far enough away from home, his father saw him and felt deeply sorry for him: he ran to meet him, hugged him and kissed him. The son then said to him, "My father, I have sinned against God and against you, I am no longer worthy that you regard me as your son ..." But the father said to his servants, "Hurry up and bring the most beautiful robe." and put it to him; give him a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet. Bring the calf that we have fattened and kill it; we are going to feast and rejoice, because my son here was dead and he came back to life, he was lost and I found him. And they started the party. Meanwhile, the eldest son of this man was in the fields.On his return, when he approached the house, he heard a sound of music and dancing. He called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. The servant answered him, "Your brother has come back, and your father has killed the calf we have fattened, because he has found his son in good health. The eldest son became angry and refused to enter the house. His father went out to beg him to come in. But the son answered his father: Listen, I have been here so many years without ever disobeying one of your orders.Yet you never even gave me a kid to party with my friends. But when your son comes back, he who has spent all your fortune with prostitutes, for him you do kill the calf we have fattened! The father said to him, "My child, you are always with me, and all that I possess is also yours. But we had to have a party and rejoice, because your brother here was dead and he came back to life, he was lost and he was found! (Luke 15.11 to 32 - Bible in fluent french).
Let's spend some time on this story. It depicts a father, who represents God and a son who represents the one who is far from God, but also, it speaks of the children of God who have gone astray and have the opportunity to return home. I would just like to start some thoughts. First, even if the youngest son's request is absurd, he got it. When we have an approach of faith in prayer, God honors His Word and we can live fulfilled far beyond what we can imagine. Now I do not advise you to ask to become rich, it has not been too successful for our young man. Other track: We all had a different childhood. For some of us it was pink and as a friend said: bombarded with love. For others, from an early age, it has been a hell with violent parents, alcoholics and / or abusers. Anyway, if we are far from God, suffering and despair are waiting for us. The only way to live happily and be healed from our wounds is in the Father's house. Money, luxury and debauchery can never offer what the love of God gives us.
Finally, I am speaking to parents who have children who are far from the nest and for whom they are very worried. If you loved and cherished them by trying to bring a good education, do not feel guilty if they "went wrong". Keep hoping that someday they will come back because they will understand their mistakes. Pray with faith for their salvation, God watches over them and He did not say his last word.
Luke 15.17 and 18 - Then he began to reflect on his situation and said to himself, "All my father's workmen have more to eat than they need, while I am starving! I want to go back to my father and say to him, "Father, I have sinned against God and against you,
How far should we tumble to realize that it has to change? Our young man made the painful experience of the school of life. His choices led him from a cozy and affectionate environment to the icy cold of indifference and contempt. How many of us believed that the world loved us? Some of them loyally served an employer thinking they were appreciated and finally they were just a number. Others believed in friendship, and finally they were surrounded only by profiteering satellites. Our prodigal son is disillusioned: Where are those who spent his fortune by participating with him in this easy life? Even his employer does not feed him while he is content with the pigs' food. It is often in the depths of the well that one realizes the realities. Our young man began to think about himself. The observation was not brilliant but the result of his reflection was salutary. It's never too late to recognize mistakes and get on the road to repair. This is exactly the meaning of the word repentance: Turn around. Everyone makes mistakes but what is suicidal is to persist in these bad ways. To make the decision to go back to his father was to put aside his self-esteem, his pride and his pride, but the breaking was enough to accept that. My friend, it's for you that these lines are written, come home! Come back to the heavenly Father if you turned his back on him! Set aside your pride so that you may be saved. Come back to those who really love you!
Luke 15.20 and 21 - And he went back to his father's house. While he was far enough away from home, his father saw him and felt deeply sorry for him: he ran to meet him, hugged him and kissed him. The son then said to him, "My father, I have sinned against God and against you, I am no longer worthy that you regard me as your son ...
A reunion is always a moment of strong emotion but it is particularly so. The Bible does not tell us how long the separation of father and son has lasted, one thing is certain is that the father had been waiting for this day for a long time. How can he explain that he saw his son from a distance other than the fact that he was scanning the horizon? How else to understand that he did not expect that day, as a secret hope, seeing him run to his lost child? What power of love he has released by hugging and kissing him, while the traveler had to "carry" all sorts of nauseating odors. Not only was the father waiting for him, but he had already forgiven him for his gesture, more ... his father's love had remained intact.This love he manifested even before his son opens his mouth.
In the same way, the Heavenly Father scrutinizes the horizon to see if you will come or return to Him because He is waiting for you. This is the right time to make the decision to get up and go to Him.
Luke 15.28 - The eldest son became angry and refused to enter the house. His father went out to beg him to come in.
The whole story of the prodigal son is darkened by the attitude of his elder brother. The whole house is celebrating because of the return of the lost child, the father is finally comforted by this long moment of sorrow, things will resume their normal course but ... because of the hardness of his heart and a clear lack of forgiveness, the oldest son will spoil this holiday. How can someone who has seen his father suffer as much as he can?The only explanation that comes to my mind is that he himself did not know how to break through his father's character. He was completely blind to the deep love that emanated from his person. How many of us have not yet pierced the heart of God? How many children of God entrench themselves behind their own righteousness to reject and condemn the weak? There are so many who still believe in their own merit, that blessing is a due and definitely excludes all those who go astray. Grace, grace my friends! We need to experience grace, to understand that no one, no one, deserves the love of God. The Lord Jesus explained to us this: He to whom much has been forgiven will have much love.If we do not become aware of our own need for forgiveness and the immensity of God's grace for us, we will have a dry heart full of anger and bitterness. Finally we will draw the wrath of this Father of Love because He will always stand on the side of the weak repentant. My friends, let us never spoil the feast that there is in heaven when a lost one returns to God, on the contrary be sublimated by so much grace and love and by the power of consolation, healing and deliverance that dwells in our Father of glory.
After reading these last three chapters, you know that God loves you with unconditional love, that He has chosen you and that He is waiting for you. It's a good time to make a decision so that you can live out your real destiny and why you were born.
You can now talk to this Father of Love and tell him in your own words, a prayer similar to the following:
Father of Love,
I just read these lines that talk about you. It seems that you know me and that you are interested in my life.
I have the desire to know you. To have a relationship with you I want to entrust to you my life, my destiny. I believe that Jesus was nailed to the cross so that I would be forgiven of all my sins. I also believe that he has borne my shame, my guilt, my suffering, my illnesses. Also, I beg your pardon for all my mistakes and mistakes (you can list them).Come into my life Lord and please, change it. Come Jesus, I need you. Come, Holy Spirit, please console me and heal me. Thank you Father of Love because you accept me as I am.I prayed in the name of Jesus.
If you made this prayer, know that God has heard you and that today even He fully accepts you as his child.
We will now discuss what forgiveness means to you.