The parable of the Prodigal Son is a well known story about two sons. One son asked for his inheritance from his father. When he received his money, he went to a far country and wasted his substance with riotous living. When a famine came in, he began to be in need. He started feeding swine for a living and sometimes ate of the husks of the swine. Then he remembered his father and thought to himself, I will return to my father and repent by saying, “I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.” So the son returned to the Father and when his father seen him coming, ran to his son, having compassion, and kissed him because he loved him. Then, he told his servants to prepare a meal because of his son’s return. The other son became jealous and envious and the father asked him what was wrong. The son went on to ask why his father killed the fatted calf because his brother had rebelled, by leaving home and living a riotous life with harlots. The father replied, “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.”
What joy, love and compassion that this father had for his wayward son. He forgave his son for all that he had done. This father is like our Heavenly Father. God waits patiently, with loving arms and forgiveness when we return to him with humble hearts. He is longsuffering to us and his hope is that none of us would perish but come to him in repentance. Exodus 34:6 says, “And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.”
It is easy to get used to having the love and rewards of the Heavenly Father, that we don’t realize that we should love others enough to share the gospel of Christ. We should want to help others receive God’s forgiveness and grace. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Luke 15:10-Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Luke 15:11-24-And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Mark 12:33-And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
Luke 10:27-And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Psalm 86:15-But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.