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The 3 Rs To A Healthy Relationship
11/21/2014

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’ Luke 15:17-19 (NKJV)

All too often I see the enemy distracting Christian believers and soon they are walking away from their first true love, Jesus.  Unfortunately, many can choose to walk away, and they may not come back for many years or maybe never because of the guilt and shame associated with their lifestyle.  They cannot accept or receive the truth of God’s willingness to forgive and receive them back unto Himself. 

Jesus knew this and so He gave a great story of a prodigal son who insisted on his future family inheritance so he could live a lavish and foolish lifestyle.  Once he spent his entire amount of money he was left to work in the stalls of pigs. What he does next is a great lesson to anyone who has ever walked away from his or her walk with God.   As we look at this story we can see some basic components in his actions once he acknowledged his sin — I call them the 3R’s to a healthy relationship.   

The first thing we see is he remembered.  He remembered how good it was back in the company of his father.  He remembered how good his father treated his servants. 

The second thing we see is he repented.  He decided he needed to change his mind about the sinful lifestyle he was living.  He chose to return to the safety and company of the one who had always loved him and provided for him. 

The third thing we see is he returned.  He came to his father and confessed his sin and was willing to return to doing what he did when he once had fellowship with his father.

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.  And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:22-24 (NKJV)

These are the same three actions we need to do if we every find ourselves caught up in sin.  When we are tempted by Satan to think we’ve gone too far, we need to remember the fellowship, love and peace we once had with our Heavenly Father.  We need to repent of our sin and turn back to the one who can forgive us and restore us. We need to simply return to the very things we used to do when we first started our relationship with Him, such as spending time with Him, reading our Bibles, and trusting every promise He has made us.

I want to encourage you today — if you find you have walked away and you remember the love you once felt, then simply turn from any activity or action you know to be wrong and return to doing those things you once did when you first fell in love with Jesus.  He has a royal robe waiting for you, and He loves you more than you can possibly know.  Welcome back.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Luke 15:22-24 how did the father respond to the prodigal son’s return?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you know of anyone who has walked away from his or her relationship with the Lord?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Make it your prayer for God to open their eyes to their sin.  As the Lord prompts be willing to reach out to them and encourage them to seek God and return home to Him. 

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for this great story of Your amazing love, forgiveness and faithfulness to receive all who are willing to repent and confess their need for You.  Help me to pray for, and to encourage those who are prodigals by showing them Your love today.  I pray You would lead others to forward this devotional to those who may need to hear this message.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen.

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 


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