'The Unforgiving Son'
Let’s go to the book of Luke, Chapter 15 and we’ll start at verse 11, the story of the prodigal son.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. 20 So he got up and went to his father.”
This is where the message begins. When he got home his father accepted him and to express his happiness he had a five-star event. The older brother was furious! “How could he accept him?”
Isn’t this how many of us in the kingdom are? When our brother falls we immediately start to cast stones at them and even when they are reconciled, we still push them out in the cold. We have to realize that a saint is a sinner who fell down and the bible rightly states in Proverbs 24:16, “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
In ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, Jesus said, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12
Almighty God, we acknowledge that we have misrepresented you in so many ways. We have been judgmental and unforgiving, yet we expect mercy and forgiveness of you. We also confess to being selfish and self-centered but today we ask for a heart that forgives, hands that are quick to lift the fallen and lips that encourage. Forgive us Father and make us more and more like you, In Jesus’ name. Amen