Words are powerful. According to Proverbs, our words bring life or death, hurt or healing. The prodigal’s father understood the power of words. When the prodigal son returned home bruised and broken by sin, his father spoke the powerful healing words of grace to him.
“Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found”, his father said. These were the first words the prodigal son heard from his father when returning home after experiencing brokenness from his life of sin. These were the words of grace. These were the words of healing. These were the healing words of grace.
These words of grace were the last words he was expecting to hear when returning home, but the first words that he heard. He was expecting to hear, “What are you doing home?”, “What makes you think you can come home?”, or “You have embarrassed our family!” He was expecting his father to say “You are no longer worthy to be called my son!” “I never want to see you again.” or “I am so angry with you!” He was expecting a lecture. He was expecting words of anger, frustration, and condemnation. But he heard the opposite. Rather than a lecture, he heard words of love. Rather than words of anger, he heard words of acceptance. Rather than words of frustration, he heard words of forgiveness. Rather than words of condemnation, he heard words of compassion. He heard the healing words of grace.
The words of grace his father spoke sparked healing in his heart from the damage sin had done. Sin had caused him to feel worthless…a nothing, a nobody. Sin had caused him to feel hopeless… nothing to live for, nothing to look forward to. But then he heard the healing words of grace. Words of forgiveness. Words of kindness. Words of love. When he heard these healing words of grace his worth was restored. His hope was ignited. He was somebody…the Father’s loved, valued, forgiven, and accepted son. He had something to live for and look forward to…to manage his father’s business.
Like the prodigal, maybe you are bruised and broken by sin. Maybe sin has damaged your life. Maybe you feel like a nothing and a nobody. Maybe you feel like you have nothing to live for and look forward to. Maybe you feel like God is angry and frustrated with you. Maybe you feel like he is condemning of you. Maybe in your mind you have heard lies about God from Satan such as “You can’t come home.” You have embarrassed me.” “I am so mad at you.” “How could you have done that?”“I want nothing to do with you!” These aren't the words of God. These are the lies of Satan.
The prodigal’s father represents God the Father. The healing words of grace from the prodigal’s father are actually the healing words of grace God the Father speaks to us. Maybe you need to hear God’s healing words of grace. Listen for a moment. Listen to God’s healing words of grace. Listen to God say, “I love you. I forgive you. I accept you. I am proud to call you my son. You matter to me. I have a purpose and a plan for your life. Your sin has not caused me to reject you. Your sin has not ruined your life. I want to restore you. I want to help you. I want to heal you. Welcome home!”
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