The Patient and Loving Father

Luke 15:1-32

 “But Because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”

Ephesians 2:4-5

 

Main Idea: The Lord loves sinful people and patiently waits for them to repent.

The Setting for Jesus teach this parable 15:1-2

 

  • Jesus was spending time with those who                                              . Luke 5:27-32
    Jesus was spending time with those for whom he would                                                        .

 

The Lord greatly values each individual who is lost and He will go to great lengths to bring them back. 15:4,8,13

 

  • The sheep wandered                                 and the shepherd hiked for him.
  • The coin was lost                             and the woman searched for it.
  • The son left                            and the father ran to meet him.

 

The Lord is gracious, patient and loving with those who need to repent. 15:11-32

 

  • The father allowed the younger son to go his own way.
  • The son soon became miserable and desperate and wanted to return.
  • The father was overjoyed and lovingly received the lost son.
  • The older brother did not respond with joy, but with bitterness.

Reflection:

  • Who do you identify with in the story of the lost son?  The father, the lost son or the older brother?
  • Has some sin made you miserable?  Do you believe the Lord is eagerly awaiting your repentance?
  • Is there some relationship where you need to play the role of the patient and loving father?