So That You May Know – A Parable About a Lost Son

March 20, 2022

Luke 15:11-32

There are many lessons in this parable.  One lesson is to look at the contrast between the father’s response and the older brother’s reaction.  The father was forgiving and overjoyed.  The brother was unforgiving and bitter.  The father forgave because he was joyful, and the son refused to forgive because he was bitter.  The difference between bitterness and joy is our capacity to forgive.  If you are refusing to forgive people, you are missing a wonderful opportunity of experiencing joy and sharing it with them.