"The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever."
The Prodigal Son - Luke 15:11–32
This parable that Jesus tells us is meant to show us what we are too often myopic and confused to see. It is a parable demonstrating God’s faithful love toward all of us and His desire for us to know that love and celebrate it for ourselves and others. It demonstrates the heart of the Father who always stands ready at the door of our heart, waiting and longing for us to turn towards Him, and receive His love and forgiveness. But this parable is also a mirror reflecting our hearts condition back to us. Many times, we are living the lives of one of the two sons. We either misunderstand our sin that blinds us to the true nature of God, or we harbor a pharisaic spirit that may not even be evident to ourselves. God wants us to ponder and reflect on this parable as He speaks to the condition of our heart. Lowell Nye will be leading us this Saturday morning.
Suggested Bible Memorization Verse:
Luke 15:24 “For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”
1. Talk about what happens to you when God brings you to repentance. How has it happened? What results followed?
2. When you harbored bitterness towards God, or another did you realize it right away? What brought you to your senses? Do you think you may still need to work on some forgiveness?
3. This story is also about another son – the brother that does not know he has a pharisaic spirit. Has God ever convicted you of the same spirit? You may need to dig deep.