No matter what we’ve done or where we’ve been, God embraces us wholeheartedly. He wants us to walk in His grace and extend it towards other people.
The story of the prodigal son, which Jesus told in Luke 15:11–32, was originally a traditional Jewish tale in which a wayward son was publicly shamed and rejected by his father upon his return home. However, Jesus changed the ending of the story to illustrate the truth of God’s extravagant love for people through the father’s exuberant response to the son’s return.
There are four attitudes reflected in the story of the prodigal son. As individuals and as a church body, we are to guard against two of them (the attitudes of the rebellious and the reproacher) and we are to walk in the other two (the attitudes of the repentant and the redeemer). A healthy spiritual family embraces and extends grace to others.