The Parable of the Lost Son is one of the most relatable parables as “favoritism” is a common cause of conflict in our personal relationships, especially in the family. Some of us may feel like the older son/daughter who is obedient and who has devoted time and effort to serve our parents and watch after the needs of the family. On the other hand, some of us may be the younger sister/brother who feels entitled and selfish to pursue our dreams/vices at the expense of our obligations and family.
Whoever we may be, we all undergo respective seasons in our lives and the roles we play are definitely part of God’s plans. Our capacity to give just like the older brother and our humility to ask forgiveness just like the younger brother are manifestations of God’s hands molding us to be the person He wants us to become. Between the two, the older brother is able to have the honor of living in accordance to God’s life in his Christ-like service and the Almighty Father’s unending grace to forgive. We all have different roles to play and our roles are mere parts of a greater purpose that is yet to be revealed.
The parable teaches us an important lesson on unconditional love where we should give and serve our families without measuring our efforts or expecting anything in return. God’s ability to see beyond mistakes & sins and his ability to forgive is also an equally important lesson from this parable. We may be lost in our sins and selfishness but God is surely to welcome us with open arms and forgive us.
Thank you for your unconditional love and for your unending grace that allows you to forgive me despite of my selfishness and sins. Touch my heart that I can love the way you love and that I can pay it forward by having the same grace to forgive others.