Tuesday, October 7, 2014

+DEV+ Are You Welcomed At Home?

Date: October 7, 2014 11:22 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Are You Welcomed At Home?

Are You Welcomed At Home?

"...While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him...." (Luke 15:20)

Scripture Focus: Luke 15:11-24

The holidays are coming, and with them comes time with family. But for many, "family" means broken relationships. They dread walking through that front door because inside, shame, abuse, and criticism are waiting. 

No one dreaded going home more than the lost son in Jesus' parable. He knows he's wrecked the family fortune and offended his father immeasurably. He thinks, if I offer to be a servant, maybe I'll be taken in. If I just work really hard, maybe I can make up for the dishonor I brought to the family name. 

Before he can even make it to the front door, his father comes running down the road to greet him. "Let's celebrate!" he cries. Quickly, he orders the best for his son: a robe, a ring, a feast. And he says nothing about his son's sins. 

You have a home like this. In fact, you have an honored place there, because God has chosen you to receive His love and to share His wealth. You may feel your life is a wreck. But God, like the father in the parable, says, "Everything that I have is yours."

Insight: If you are hesitating to read his word or pray, remember your honored place. Your Father rejoices to have you in His family.

Please feel free to use this devotional to send on to your friends or share with your church fellowship and Bible study groups.

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