The account of the return of the prodigal son to his father is one of the best pictures on forgiveness that we have in Scripture.
In this account the son comes to his senses and decides to return home to his father.
At the same time he works out what he is going to say (Luke 15 v 18).
As we saw yesterday his father greeted him in a loving way (Luke 15 v 20).
The son then tried to say sorry and ask for forgiveness, but the father ignores him and instead just says, “let’s start the party’ (Luke 15 v 21 to 23).
This happened as the father had already forgiven his son, and just wanted him to return.
This is a picture of our Heavenly Father and how He has already forgiven us.
Every man has already been forgiven and reconciled through the shed blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).
Now, this means not everyone has been save, but everyone has been forgiven.
Every man needs to make his own choice and come to the Lord to receive salvation.
As we come to God He wants to celebrate, He does not want to hear us asking for forgiveness.
It is silly to ask for forgiveness as we have already received this; I would suggest that you thank Him for forgiveness, but do not ask for it.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been forgiven for all sin (past, present and future) through the shed blood of Jesus”.
Luke 15 v 22 and 23…..But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry