Thursday, April 14, 2011

a second chance for a son

Luke 15

20 "So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.21 His son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.' 22 "But his father said to the servants, 'Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.' So the party began.

The story of the prodigal son is awesome.  I love the story.  In my quiet time this morning I read this passage again, and the verses above struck me in a big way.

As I close the day, lets make some parallels come alive from these verses:

1 ---- the father ran to the son when he saw him coming home

The father was excited and so ready to welcome the son home.  That is what our heavenly Father will do for us.  He desires for us to come back to Him.  Some people need to come to Him for the first time no matter who we are or what we have done.

2 --- the son confessed his pain and wrongs to his father

With the son's confession came the father's forgiveness.  The same is true for us when we come to God.  He is ready to forgive when we are ready to turn from the wrong way we have chosen.  We serve the God of "second chances" and we need to be people who offer others "second chances".

3 --- the father began to bless the son

All the son had to do was to come home and back to his father.  The exact same thing will happen when we come to God.  He is ready and willing to bless our lives and to remind us of His endless love toward us.

I love this story of a "second chance" for a son.  God has given me second chances.  Has he done the same for you?  We can offer others the same.  Stop judging and condemning others.  Begin to offer grace instead of harsh words.  Offer a hug and acceptance rather than looking down your nose.

Here is one more way to practice ARK's (acts of random kindness) as we move to Easter.  Be people who offer "second chances" to the people you come in contact with.

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