Which brother do you identify with the most? What is it about his behavior/response that resonates with you?
Is there anything in your life that you need to repent from, and return home to the loving embrace of the waiting Father? What ways have you tried to earn God’s love? Take some time to acknowledge those and confess them to Him. Be specific.
How are you welcoming those who are lost so that they can know the love of the Father?
How do you see the church embracing and welcoming those who seemed to have lost their way?
Father, I thank You that You are patient, always watching, and willing to forgive me when I run to You. Thank You that You graciously accept all who acknowledge Jesus as Savior into Your family. I confess that I have strayed from You many times, choosing my own sinful desires over the abundant life found in You. In Your faithfulness, You willingly forgive me and open Your arms to me when I turn from my selfishness and return home.
Lord, by Your Spirit, help me be a reflection of the unconditional love and forgiveness that You have shown me. Help me express it to those in my life, even when they don’t ask for or deserve it. I desire to see people as You see them–worth searching for. Keep me watchful for those who need to experience the freedom of Your forgiveness and the joy of being a part of Your family. Use my life to lead people to You, to be restored by the unending love and grace that makes wherever You are home. Amen.
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