[CF Devotionals] 2012-10-29 - What Would an Older Brother Say?

Luke 15:11-36

But he answered his father, Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. My son, the father said, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. (Luke 15:29, 31)

I understand my dad was happy to have his son back; I can't begrudge the man that. Still we both had a choice, and my brother decided to leave home and waste his inheritance.

Dad's happy now, but how long will that last? My brother will probably go back to that raunchy lifestyle, as soon as the dust settles. What about me? I did not ask for our inheritance early so I could squander it. My dad is more than a money machine.

I didn't dance for joy as my dad did, upon my brother's return. It was not fair that all the attention was paid on someone who did wrong.

The only way I found out that my brother returned, was the sound of music coming from the house. My dad begged me to attend, but I wasn't going to endorse the festivities. I have been a faithful worker and son. What thanks do I get? Definitely not a party.

It's true my brother took the high road to come home and ask for our  father's forgiveness. I really hope he learned his lesson, and will  begin to lead a responsible life.


Lord, May I be willing to forgive and move on. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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