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The Journey Home ...

  • We can spin forever in a whirlpool of thought concerning our 'standing' with God. At times people 'look back' and consider the good, the bad, and the ugly - things of life. Success gives us a confident feeling while Failure promotes a gloomier sense of well-being.

    There are those moments when we reflect on the very best that we have experienced and they remind us of the positive reasons we have lived. Equally, there are moments when we have 'lost our way' and have made very poor decisions ... and these are a source of conflict concerning our peace.

     

    God's Perspective draws us away from viewing life based on mere carnal experience and places us, no matter our age or station in life, into the Realm of Hope and yes ... even Joy! But sometimes ... the Journey Back ... is purposefully a heart-wrenching expedition.

    The Longest Parable ...

    The Parable of the Prodigal Son is relatively 'lengthy' compared to many of the other 45 Parables found in the Gospels. Jesus mesmerized His listeners, who were very often prone to strict judgment concerning others who had wronged them.

    This parable has often been repeated and has become familiar to nearly everyone everywhere regardless of Race and Creed. Hollywood has used it from its' beginning to tell similar stories. In fact ... the Parables of Jesus have been incorporated into every venue of human thought, activity, and business.

    No one will be able to approach His Throne on That Day and claim that they knew 'nothing' of Truth. And ALL real Truth comes back to God, from which it came forth. For every good and perfect thing comes down from the Father of Lights.

    But the most important teaching contained within the Prodigal's Story is the Compassion of God towards a wayward son. While God makes known to us that He is Just and that He will Judge the World, He also deliberately reveals to us that His Mercy is far more to be desired than His Justice!

    Never forget ... that we are never told that the Elder Brother - in this parable - ever agreed to his Father's blessed treatment of his Prodigal Brother. And here I need to make a point ...

    Sometimes the people who hold 'being merciful' back from a 'brother' are those within their family, and even from within their 'church family'. These do not possess the Heart of the Father. And they cannot agree to Mercy being shown to an erring brother because they are not merciful. Even if they themselves have done the very same things or have erred in the judgment of their 'brother'.

    IF YOU have 'gone away' ... know that the Journey Home is made ready by the Compassion of a Loving Father. Let nothing keep you from returning.

    Not your Past.
    Not your Elder Brother.
    Nor ... the weight of Failure.

    Just ... Come Home!


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