Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Grace and Forgivness


“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found." Luke 15:31

You know the story of the prodigal son? (Luke 15:11-32) A man has two sons and the younger of the two comes to his father asking for his inheritance. The father gives it to him and the youngest takes it, turns his back on his home and family, and wastefully spends every penny. He pretty much hits rock bottom and finds himself sleeping with pigs, literally. So what does he do? He returns home  and he is greeted with his father running to him and embracing him. Oh, and it gets even better. His father then says to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:22-24). I think sometimes upon hearing the parable of the lost son, we think, “Wow, what a great story, but we don’t see it as a reality for ourselves.” Knowing all the wrong that we had done and may still do, God sent His only Son to die on the cross and save us. The ultimate gift of grace and forgiveness. How precious is that!

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