The story of the Prodigal Son is one of the first stories I learnt from the Bible. In Chapter 15 of the Gospel according to St. Luke, it tells the story of a younger of two brothers who demanded his portion of the father’s estate – while the father was still alive and then moved to a distant land and there he wasted all the money of wild living!
After spending all his fortune, the economic situation of the land he was in changed and he went to work in a field feeding pigs. He became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him, but no one gave him anything.
At this state, he comes to his senses, thinks about his father and the numerous servants who have plenty to eat and drink, and makes up his mind to return home, seek forgiveness and beg for a position as one of the servants in the home.
17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ – Luke 15: 17 -19
– It’s an interesting read and you can read it all about it in Luke Chapter 15.
The Prodigal son made a mistake. It was a cruel thing to ask his father for his portion of the estate while the man was still alive. He was also not mature in the way he spent his inheritance.
However, he learnt his lesson and was mature enough to swallow His pride and take the difficult action of going back to his father to beg for a place as one of his servants. He realised he was wrong and was prepared to say sorry to his father.
How prepared are you to say sorry and make amends with your spouse when you are wrong. Obviously, you don’t have to do something as gross as what the prodigal son did. Even with the little misunderstandings that we all have from time to time, how quick are you to admit wrong and apologise… and how quick are you to forgive when you were the one in the right.
The ability to ask for forgiveness when we are wrong, and to forgive when we have been wronged, will play an important role in our quest to build a marriage fit for champions. Like every attribute of champions, it is not one that comes easily. It requires love, humility and the fear of God.
Jesus had this to say while talking about forgiveness and making up
“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.- Matthew 5: 23 – 24
So next time you are about to say your prayers and you remember you have a misunderstanding with your husband or wife, leave the prayer and first go and make peace with them.
It’s true that you may have every right to be angry, I agree with you, but still do your best, make efforts to ask for forgiveness and mend your ways, and forgive if you have been wronged.
Remember, Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. – Romans 12: 17 – 18 NLT
We pray God will give you and I the grace to obey His word.