A man had two sons (Luke 15:11-32).
One son who work with his father day after day on the estate.
The other asked for his inheritance. He couldn't wait to get out into the world and explore it.
The father knew the character of this particular son, yet the father gave him the money anyway. Maybe he thought the son might steal it if he didn't.
This son left home and blew his money on wild living.
To make matters worse, a severe famine hit the land. His stomach growled. He probably felt weak.
He went to work for a land owner. He fed the pigs. So hungry, he ate their slop.
Then he remembered that the servants in his father's house ate better than he was eating.
He decided to go home and beg to be one of his father's hired hands.
When most tell this story, it is about how the son came to himself and repented of his sins.
However Jesus told this story for a different reason.
The father watched for his son to come home. Every day he stood outside, looking for his son.
When he finally saw his son coming down the road, he ran to meet his son.
The son started his rehearsed speech. Before he could finish, the father told the servants to kill the fattened calf, to bring the robe and the ring.
The father didn't listen to his speech. He instead bestowed gifts on his son.
The story isn't about the son repenting. It is about the father's love for his son.
He loved the son so much that when the son came home, he welcomed the son with open arms.
The father represents God in this story. When we run to Him, He is right there waiting with open arms. No matter what we've done.
He loves us no matter what. He never turns us away (Psalm 37:24.)
Before Jesus went to the Cross, sin separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2.)
Now, because of Jesus' Sacrifice, nothing can separate us from our Heavenly Father. Nothing (Romans 8:35-38.)
God still bestows His blessings and His promises are still ours through Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20.)
He loves us through it all--the addictions, the trials, the mistakes--because He knows His love, His goodness, leads to repentance (Romans 2:24.)
Believe how much He loves you today.