Will He Still Forgive Us?
“And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.”
Have you ever wondered whether God would forgive you or extend a second chance? Maybe you think that because of the sins you’ve committed perhaps you have gone too far.
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Jesus told the story of the prodigal son who ran away from home. He took the money he received through his inheritance and squandered it on prostitutes and parties. Then, after the money ran out and his friends went away, the prodigal came to his senses and returned home. He was graciously welcomed back and forgiven by his father.
Jesus told this story to give us a picture of God. We are like that prodigal who has run away from God. But if we will turn from our sin and return to Him, He will forgive us.
But what if, after a few months of being home, the prodigal son got tired of hanging around with his dad and told him, “I’m leaving again.” Let’s say that he went out and did the same things again and then returned home. Do you think his father would have forgiven him a second time? Yes. But let’s say he went out a third time and did it again. Do you think the prodigal would have been forgiven a third time? Yes. What if he did it a fourth time? What if he did it a fifteenth time? Would he have been forgiven? Yes, yes, and yes.
In the same way, we might ask, “If we sin against God, will He forgive us?” Absolutely. What if we’ve blown it more than once? Will He still forgive us? Yes. He will forgive us again, and again, and again.
No matter what you have done, no matter what sins you have committed, God stands ready to forgive you if you will come to Him.