Within Jesus’ parable about the prodigal son, there is a portion that states (about the father of the prodigal),…
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”
: The role of a father is a unique and difficult one.
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”
“Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?”
So a father’s place is unique and significant.
While Jesus is speaking in a parable form, I think it ok to look at the text to make some important applications.
2. The Reality
– Losses everything
: While the father honored or at least concided to his sons portion/inheritance…
: Isn’t it the mother’s job usually to be the comforter….the one with the unconditional love while the dad’s were the disciplinarians and strength/backbone? Maybe it’s this ‘sterotype’ that needs to change.
4. The Adversaries
– other brother
: Don’t let him get away with it. It’s not fair/right!
5. The Response
– Father’s Gift
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