The Younger Son’s Repentance Part – 7

Luke 15:28 —— But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him.

Now the older brother starts to cause a scene. From outside the house the brother’s angry shouts can be heard over the music. People start to gather at the windows to see what is going on. The older brother is spouting off angrily and absolutely refusing to go into the celebration. “It isn’t fair! It isn’t just! And I won’t be party to it,” he shouts. “My brother deserves to be run out of town on a rail, not hailed as a conquering hero. Oh, no. It isn’t right! You’ll never find me celebrating his return. No, not me!”

The father hears the ruckus and goes out to reason with his older son and get him to join in the celebration, yet the son remains adamant.

Many a time we may accuse our parents of being unfair, of favoring one child over another. What we don’t understand until we are older — and sometimes never understand — is that parents who love their children can’t treat them equally. Love demands that we do for a child what that particular child especially needs at the time. Love in a family isn’t on a quota system, but on an individual, one-to-one basis.

In many of us there is resentment lurking towards our Heavenly Father. He has allowed something to happen to us that we can’t understand and can’t forgive. He has slighted us. He hasn’t been fair. He hasn’t given us what we needed.

Yes, the older brothers — and many of us modern-day older brothers — are self-absorbed, petulant, more concerned with fairness and justice for ourselves than mercy and compassion towards others. We are callused toward our lost brethren — they’re not our concern. And we are angry, angry that we aren’t in God’s spotlight rather than the recently-converted unwashed.

The father affirms that the elder son is encompassed in his love. That the elder son is heir to everything the father possesses — especially since the younger heir has already received and squandered his inheritance.

I think the reason that we are sometimes angry is that we haven’t taken the initiative to get to know our Father, to ask for His best blessings, and to enjoy His bounty. We may be in the church harness laboring diligently as teachers and leaders and workers, but we don’t enjoy it. Somehow, we have forgotten how to party with the Father.

God’s Grace and forgiveness is available to all of us all the time but do we use it?


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