“His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.”
Luke 15:21-24 (NLT)
Shame can keep us from the party. Here we have a beautiful story told by Jesus. It is about a young man who disgraces his family, leaves home and squanders all his inheritance. Finally, he has no friends, no family and no future. He is feeding pigs for a farmer and is tempted to eat the pig’s food. Full of shame, he decides to go home. He rehearses his remorse in the form of a speech but when his dad sees him way off in the distance, the father runs toward him. Shame kept the son from running. Shame kept him from an embrace. Shame gave a speech of defeat and disownment. But grace gave the son a robe. Grace put a ring on his finger. Grace put sandals on his feet. Grace gave him back his life again. Grace threw a party. The son could not deny his fathers grace. Don’t let shame rob you of your Father’s grace. Everyday God has a party just for you. Isn’t it time you went?
Father, thank You for Your grace. Thank You for rejoicing over me. Forgive me for not celebrating. Forgive me for being so wrapped up in myself. Today, I accept Your loving grace and forgiveness. Today, I come to the party You are having for me.
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