- Aug 1, 2006
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Oh this is one of my favorite stories. It's so real to me. Max Lucado writes beautifully in the retelling of it.Yes, positive things. A good example is the story of the prodigal son. He abandoned and dishonored his father and squandered his inheritance and returned to beg his father to be his servant.
Justice would have been if his father had turned him away.
Mercy would have been if his father had hired him as a servant.
Grace was when the father ran to meet him, put his best robe on him, and killed the fatted calf and reinstated him as his son.
He recounts for us the conversation between the faithful son who stayed and his father. The son is bitter and complains that his father shouldn't do this for his brother. (I'm paraphrasing) And the father speaks to him with such wisdom and in essense says to him, "Be at peace for everything I have is yours, but let's rejoice because your brother who was lost to us is now returned."
Perhaps grace is wisdom too. The father was so grateful that despite what his younger son had done, he had finally come home to him. Grace isn't just something extended to us by God, we too can extend it to our loved ones.