As an evangelist, I try not to condemn people because I understand how I struggled to break free from certain ungodly habits. Like the elder brother of the prodigal son, many Christians are good at pointing out the flaws in the lives of others (Luke 15:30). If God keeps record of our offensive thoughts, murmurings, complaints and impatience, no one will be found worthy (Psalms 130:1).
I wonder what would have happened if the prodigal son in the book of Luke Chapter 15 met his elder brother before meeting his father when he came back home. The parable of the prodigal son tells us how God relates with His children. He does not cast away those who repent from their sins. Jesus did not come to condemn anyone but came to save humankind from sin (John 3:17).
“All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
God knows that we are dust and He understands our frailties. So He is available by the power of the Holy Spirit, to help a believer overcome temptations and maintain a godly lifestyle. There is no sin He cannot forgive.
“For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” (Psalms 103:4)
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
God, through Jesus Christ, is ready to embrace every sinner that decides to forsake his/her sins to come to Him. For this reason, He has invited us to come boldly to His throne of grace.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
The throne of grace is in a believer’s heart – a heart that has allowed Jesus Christ to reign as King and High Priest. Jesus Christ cleans up the heart and with His Spirit conforms a believer’s will to His and helps him/her to please Him.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
Many are yet to respond to this life transforming invitation. The prodigal son made up his mind and was bold enough to go back to his place of royalty. David realized his guilt and in repentance approached the throne of grace.
“I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee..” (Luke 15:18)
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving-kindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me….Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.” (Psalms 51:1-3; 10-12)
All unrighteousness separates one from God (Isaiah 59:2); so it is important to discontinue to offend Him. If you are still living in sin and self-condemnation, I urge you to allow Jesus to be enthroned in your heart this moment and beyond. God is merciful and He shows mercy to those who love Him – …and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments (Exodus 20:6).
If you are yet to allow Jesus Christ to be enthroned in your heart, say this prayer: Lord Jesus, I receive You as my Lord and Saviour; I believe that You came and died for me and God raised You to save me. Come into my heart and conform me to Your likeness. I declare that I am born again. Amen!