Posted by: Pure Glory | 09/11/2018

The Loving Father Says, Welcome Home!

by Hazel Straub

Feeling discouraged? Have you made mistakes and turned away from God? It does not matter how many times you fail, your Heavenly Father is always watching for your return to him. When you decide to return home, he opens his arms wide to love and celebrate you. Although you may have wasted your abilities and potential, he welcomes you without reproach and shows compassion, mercy and grace.

Jesus told a parable about a father with two sons (Luke 11:15-32). The younger one asked for his inheritance, received it and wasted all the things he was given in a distant land. He then experienced hunger and became a beggar. He decided to return home and ask his father to make him an employee. His father saw him, interrupted the rehearsed sorrowful speech of the younger son and celebrated his return home, with a feast and honored him as his son. The older brother had worked in the fields all day allowed offense and bitterness to lodge in his heart, due to the homecoming feast thrown for his younger brother. He was angry and wouldn’t join in the celebration because he was jealous of how the father treated the younger brother. Although his father reassured the older brother of his love, this brother refused to celebrate.

God our father, celebrates us returning to him. We all need to check our hearts, no matter, if we are the younger or older brother. When we return to our God our father in repentance, he celebrates and welcomes us. No matter what you have done in sin, he says, “Welcome Home!” He gives you a fresh start!

“The father said, ‘My son, you are always with me by my side. Everything I have is yours to enjoy. It’s only right to celebrate like this and be overjoyed, because this brother of yours was once dead and gone, but now he is alive and back with us again. He was lost but now he is found!’” (Luke 15:31-32 TPT)

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  1. Great post!

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  2. His love, no matter what. An amazing God and Father,

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    • God is amazing!!!!! All glory to God!


  3. Keep up the good work!

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  4. It seems to me that often we represent both brothers: the one who is seeking forgiveness and the one who begrudges others for having been forgiven.

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    • Peter, there is truth there. Both brothers had cold hearts towards the Father. The younger one repented but the older felt self righteous. So often we begrudge others getting forgiven, Thank you for sharing.

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  5. It feels so good to be loved unconditionally. How powerful.

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    • Yes, there is nothing like Father God’s love.


  6. Reblogged this on Eric Michel Ministries International.


  7. A wonderful post!

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  8. Thanks for taking the time to share this post. Great reminder of the loving father welcoming us home. Whether we think we are the young or older brother we need to examine our hearts but we can be sure that God is waiting with opened arms.

    Good timing for this, as I’m feeling flat from something I’m working through. I don’t feel disconnected or judged by God, but knowing he is waiting for me to simply come as I am is comforting.

    Thank ya

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    • You, Evad, are most welcome. So often we mistakenly think we must be perfect before coming to Father God. He loves us with open arms. Abundant blessings as you work through your issue. Hw]e is cheering foe you!

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  9. I’ve heard the prodigal son parable over again. Never thinking it would be me. But, the Lord is always forgiving like a father welcoming us back. Thank you for this it meaning is special


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