By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 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.” Luke 15:20-21 (NLT)
Have you ever been so embarrassed that you haven’t wanted to ask for forgiveness? I know I have. Asking for forgiveness is admitting the situation happened at all, which sometimes, is the last thing we want to do. But forgiveness is an essential part of the process. In a relationship on Earth or with our Heavenly Father, we can’t act like something never happened. The Lord’s prayer says “forgive us our sins as we forgive those that sin against us.” This forgive and be forgiven concept puts our hearts in the right place.
When the prodigal son hits his rock bottom, he’s feeding pigs and doesn’t have a cent to call his own. He’s so desperate he thinks of his father’s servants and how well they are treated comparatively. It might have been tempting to be embarrassed in this situation, but knowing that he has nothing to lose, he humbles himself in front of his father and asks forgiveness. And we all know the rest of the story of the father embracing his son back into his household.
What have you been avoiding asking forgiveness for? We all are prodigals and stray from our Heavenly Father. The important thing is to be humble enough to ask forgiveness.
Prayer: Dear Father, please help me see my sins and have the strength to be humble. Point out the places in my life that I need to work on. Thank you for your unending forgiveness. Amen.