Most of us are familiar with the parable of the prodigal son. The beloved son asks his father for his share of the estate, goes off, and squanders everything he has on “wild living”. He soon finds himself in the lowly position of feeding pigs. He goes home, admits his folly, and begs his father to become a servant in the household. Instead, the father welcomes the son back into the family and plans a feast in celebration. Luke 15:28-32 describes the older son’s unhappy response to his father’s reaction. There are times we question God’s forgiveness of others, but what right do we have to question Him? For it was Jesus who loved all people enough to suffer temptation, ridicule, poverty, hate, hunger, exhaustion, humiliation, grief, betrayal, rejection, injustice, blasphemy, flogging, crucifixion, and death. Salvation is His gift to give. As Christians, we should rejoice in all those who call upon the name of the Lord!
Luke 15:28-32 NIV
“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”
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