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Why the Prodigal Returned

In the Book of Luke 15:11-32, it tells of the story of the Prodigal son. This is the wayward son who came from a good home, a good upbringing, made sinful choices, and as a consequence ended up in dire circumstances. When he came to his senses, he decided to return to his father to ask for his forgiveness. His father greatly rejoiced that his son came home. He not only forgave him but also welcomed him home in such a lavish manner.

Every time I read this story, I am encouraged by the happy ending that the Prodigal son finally returned. But even more so I find myself deeply touched by the reason why he returned. I believe what gave him the courage to return was his father’s constant and unchanging love. Not only had his father had constant and unchanging in his love for his son, but he was also an upright man who did what was right. He allowed his son to make free will choices in his life, and to bear the consequences of the decisions he made. However, he was always longing for the son to repent and return. When the son finally repented, the father readily forgave him and welcomed him back.

Perhaps you are the parents who have a prodigal child of your own, and are at your wits’ end wondering how in the world you are going to deal with his/her sinful choices. It is so hard to watch your children make terrible decisions and knowing in your heart the pain and heartache awaiting them. This is especially if they continue down the path in spite of all your pleadings. Many parents would rather take the pain and sufferings themselves than to watch their children suffer.

However, don’t give up doing what’s right in following God’s principles! It is always wise to honor God first in your ways of dealing with your children. If you honor God in all that you do, when your children choose to turn to leave, they will always remember your constant love for them. When they decide to repent and turn back to God, they will remember you and what you have taught them in following God’s ways.

Perhaps you are the prodigal yourself and wondering if there is still hope for you. There is hope in Christ. His arms are always open to welcome you home when you choose to repent, turn from your sins and return to Him. His love is forever and His grace is unlimited for those who seek Him. The Lord promised forgiveness to those who repent as Isaiah 1:18 states: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” There is hope and forgiveness in Christ.

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