For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. (Luke 15:24 KJV)
Jesus Loves You Even If. . .
One of the most touching stories I like to teach on is that of The Prodigal Son. This young man would have made a very bad mistake when he asked his father to give him his portion and let him live his life how he wanted to. The father granted him his request and things certainly didn't go as he envisaged. He reaches so low that he ends up having to eat pig food to survive.
One day, he decides to journey on home. Shockingly, he receives a KING's WELCOME even though he had previously went on his own way sinning. His Father recognizes his penitent spirit, forgives him and celebrates.
This is the very same thing that God will do for each of us once we say sorry for our sins and transgressions and mean it from the bottom of our hearts. He will not chase us away like typical society would, but rather welcome us with loving arms, then forgive and forget.
The exciting part of the story is this. No matter what we've done, thought or said, once we, like The Prodigal Son, say sorry to God, he will forgive and set us on a new path of HOPE and RESTORATION. Thus, from today, you can have a new reason to live once you turn to The Master for help.
There is HOPE AHEAD, all you have to do is access it, EVEN IF YOU'VE BEEN A PRODIGAL.