Jesus us tells us the story of the prodigal son to help us understand what it means to be separated from our Father (God) and His patient, loving attitude toward us. So that while we are still living in sin, God continues to love us FIRST! You see God never stopped loving you and it was our own choices that caused us to end up in the “pig pens” of life. As we sit in our mess, the Holy Spirit co
nvicts us of where we are and reminds you that God will take you back. When we get up and we turn from our pig pen to go home to the Father (REPENTANCE). Our Father is waiting for us, arms wide open, because HE still loves us and He replaces our filthy rags with new clothes of majesty (washed white as snow in Christ Jesus blood sacrifice). God places a ring (seal of love and inheritance) on us and then He prepares a feast for those who were lost but found their way home (wedding feast of the Lamb).
The next time your hear an inner voice telling you that you have gone to far, you are too bad to be loved by God or that no one loves you, DON’T LISTEN TO THE LIES. Jesus told us how God loves you by stretching out His arms and dying for you.
Luke 15:11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 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. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. 25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ 28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 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. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 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.’” GOD IS WAITING FOR YOU WITH OPEN ARMS,REPENT, TURN FROM YOUR MESS AND COME HOME!