His response was UNDIGNIFIED
1– appearing foolish and unseemly
2– unsuitable, improper, unbecoming
How does the father's response mirror that of our Heavenly Father?
1. He calls for our return.
2. He longs for our return.
3. He prepares for our return.
It is not okay to be swallowed up by guilt and remorse because of our sin.
(Worldly sorrow = BONDAGE)
It is okay to feel the weight of our sin and its consequences on us and others.
(Godly sorrow = FREEDOM)
It is our repentance... not our rebellion,
the depths of His love...not our despair, and
His ability and desire to forgive...not our folly
that Jesus promotes with this parable.