(…) The behavior of this man is a real example of the attitude to take towards the deep wound caused by the sin of a person towards us.
Indeed, the story of the prodigy son does not indicate to us in any case that the father got upset when his son asked him for his inheritance. The Bible does not tell us that there was opposition from the father or a quarrel, in my opinion it also shows how much the patriarch’s trusted in God. He knew that by the grace of God his son would come back home having understood the lesson, he just had to be patient. What a faith! How many time have we been unfaithful or had lack of trust in God ?
Jesus Christ can work in us, of course, but we must make the choice to forgive to turn the other cheek so that the Holy Spirit takes the full control and heal our heart.
Finally, the only reason why the father was so patient is because despite the act of his younger son, he loves his son. The Bible tells us that he was filled with compassion when he saw his son and compassion is an evidence of love.
«And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.’» Luke 15 :20 (NKJV)
- Forgiveness is a proof of love
When Jesus carried our burdens on the cross, he totally forgave us and much more he redeemed us at a great price: his life.
This represents God’s unconditional and infinite love for us, the sacrifice of his only son for the nation.
«Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.» 1 Corinthians 13 :4-7 (NKJV)
Forgiveness is a proof of love. And as, love does not weave evil, it does not tolerate bitterness but endures with patience, it does not offend and does not keep in memory the harm done in the past.
If you have chosen to forgive and have followed the instruction of Jesus, you must be able to love again. In fact, loving our neighbor is the second most important commandment of the Christian.
«And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”» Mark 12 :31 (NKJV)
Love is a choice because you cannot love as 1 Corinthians 13 says without the grace of the Father and the Holy Spirit who lives in us. Some days, you might feel you do not love your wife no more because she saddened you or your friend because she hurted you. Nevertheless, only the Holy Spirit can allow you to love beyond the pain, and the disappointment. Love guided only by feelings has a limit because the flesh fails. That is the reason why so many people divorce, they have been deeply hurted because the flesh have failed them and they take a decision based on the flesh not by the Spirit. For good reason, no one is perfect so if you only rely on your feelings to say that you love someone you will love that person in January and hate her in February because she would have offended you.
Therefore My question is:
Do you forgive your neighbor as Christ forgives you? Above all, do you love your neighbor like Jesus Christ taught you to do?
If not, here is my advice :
- Acknowledges your wrong and the unforgiveness in your heart that stop you to love this person.
- Write on a paper why you have not forgiven this person. Address it to God in prayers aloud. Repent and choose to forgive!
- « But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. » Matthew 6 :15 (NKJV)
- Pray and ask God to change your heart toward this person. Ask God to see this person with his Godly eyes of love.
«I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.» Ezekiel 36 :26 (NKJV)
- Pray and seek God favour and blessing for the life of this person even if you believe that she does not deserve it. Thereby love will be born of your prayers. Only God can judge her.
«bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.» Luke 6 :28 (NKJV)
Stay blessed 🙂
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