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Prodigal:

1. spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant.

2. having or giving something on a lavish scale.

One of my favorite Bible stories as a child was the story of the prodigal son. I could not imagine how that father embraced such an awful child. My primary Sunday School teacher told me that this parable was really about how God loved me. She said, " God knows  that we are sinners, but he gave  his perfect love to us through Jesus."  I guess that was my first real understanding of God's love.

You see, we slip up, we falter at times, but that love from our Heavenly Father never fails! If you truly do not know this love, you can. John  explains so beautifully and simply  in John 3:16 exactly what 
God's perfect love is all about. He says,  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." Even though we are foolish and neglectful, He loves us.

Those of us who already live and know this love lavished on us have a responsibility. We must share that love with zeal. This lost world desperately needs to know about Jesus Christ!


Luke 15:11-32 ESV

"And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. “Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found."

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