Repentance-More Than Saying You’re Sorry

For those of us who struggle with saying, “I’m sorry,” for those who have a hard time forgiving, and for those who worry that there is no coming home again after mistakes were made and we were the ones who made them, Jesus tells this amazing story about repentance and forgiveness.

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 men 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 men.’ 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.

Repentance is the journey home to forgiveness.  The son made up his mind to say he’s sorry.  More than just a change of mind, he’d also go home with a change of heart.  What he didn’t know is the father was waiting for the son to come home.  Seeing his son at a distance, the father knew the journey home meant there had been a change of mind, a change of heart, a change of attitude, and a change of direction.  The son was coming home to forgiveness that was waiting there for him all along.

What are you waiting for? 

Whether you need to repent or forgive, the journey can begin right now.


Categories Articles, Articles and Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on October 28, 2013

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