Bible Reading: Luke 15:11-24
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
That brought him to his senses. He said, “All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.” He got right up and went home to his father. When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. Luke 15:17-20
The Story of the prodigal son reminds us that confession can be a stepping-stone to renewed fellowship with God.
The son had used up all his resources and those of his fathers in order to establish his own identity. He returned home filled with shame and confessing in his heart “Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son.”
The father’s response to his son is a mirror of God’s response to our open and honest confession. The son expected rejection and abandonment, he found love, compassion, acceptance, and renewed relationship. As we confess our brokenness to God, expecting rejection and abandonment we too will find love, compassion, acceptance and renewed relationship as He welcomes us home.