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Prodigal Children: Return to Your Father

Genesis 31:3

Return to the land of your fathers, and to your family; and I will be with you.

Our Heavenly Father is a God of second chances, a God of mercy and unconditional love; with a message of grace and redemption. Today, we are going to explore the beauty of returning to the Father, even when we have strayed far from His path.


In the book of Luke, chapter 15, verses 11-32, we find the parable of the prodigal son. A story that, while familiar to many of us, holds an evergreen message of forgiveness and restoration. This parable tells the story of a young man who, after squandering his inheritance on wild living, finds himself in a state of destitution. He decides to return to his father, not as a son, but as a servant, believing he is no longer worthy to be called a son. But what does his father do? He runs to him, embraces him, and restores him to his rightful place as a son.


This story, dear friends, reflects our relationship with God. There are times in our lives when we, like the prodigal son, stray from our Father’s house. We seek our own path, we chase after our desires, and we turn our backs on the teachings and guidance of our Heavenly Father. But no matter how far we go, no matter how lost we become, the path back to our Father is always open.


The prodigal son's return was not met with the scorn or punishment he expected. Instead, his father was filled with compassion. He was welcomed back with open arms and a joyful heart. This is the nature of our Heavenly Father. He longs for us to return to Him, to seek His face, to dwell in His presence. And when we do, He welcomes us with open arms, no matter how far we have strayed.


In the book of Isaiah, chapter 1, verse 18, God says, "Come now, let us settle the matter. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." This is the promise of our Father. He is ready and willing to forgive us, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and to restore us to a right relationship with Him.


So, beloved, if you or someone you know has strayed from the path, if you feel like you have wandered too far to return, remember the prodigal son. Remember that our Heavenly Father is waiting with open arms to welcome you back home. His love for you is unchanging. His mercy is new every morning. His grace is sufficient for you.


The journey back may not be easy. It may require humility, repentance, and a willingness to let go of the things that led you astray. But the reward, the joy of being in the Father's presence, of experiencing His love and grace, far outweighs any difficulty you may face on your journey back.


Beloved, let us carry this message of hope and redemption out into the world. Let us be ambassadors of God's love and grace, showing others that no matter how far they have strayed, they can always return to the Father.


Remember, our God is a God of second chances. His arms are always open, and His love is always available. So, come back to the Father, for He is waiting for you with open arms. God bless you.



Heavenly Father, thank you for your love and mercy. Thank you that no matter how far we stray, you are always ready to welcome us back. Help us to turn from our sinful ways and to seek your face. Restore us to a right relationship with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.