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Lent Day 18 – The Prodigal Son

by gary-foote on March 22, 2014

But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found. – Luke 15:32

 The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most well known parts of the entire Bible. In it we read about the undying love and forgiveness of a father, the mistakes and repentance of a son, and the confusion and frustration of another son who desires what he understands as justice, but instead learns about how to extend mercy.

During this season of Lent, which of the three main characters in the parable of the Prodigal Son do you need to learn from? For some of us, we may need to be reminded that no matter how far we have strayed away from God that He is anxiously awaiting for us to turn back towards Him and He will come running towards us with arms wide open. There are some that need the reminder that there is nothing in this life that we can say or do that will be unforgiveable by God, provided we turn back towards Him to seek reconciliation and forgiveness. And there are others of us that need to rediscover that ultimately God is the just judge, and in His justice He extends mercy, even when we do not think it should be extended.

What a beautiful parable to constantly turn back to and reflect on. God is calling out to us, asking: Do you love me?  Do you love others? Are you in need of forgiveness? Do you need to forgive others? Are you in need mercy? Do you need to extend mercy to someone? So many wonderful questions, what will be your responses? It’s is time to celebrate and rejoice because the lost have been found and the dead have come to life again!


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