Decisions Luke 15:24 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. Our decisions frequently affect our relationships with those closest to us . Do you think that the prodigal’s decision had an effect on the father – son relationship ? The decision that the son made was of his own free will and the father respected that decision . As we see in the culture of that day that sons never made a request to receive his inheritance while the father was still living . That was a huge insult to the father because the son in a sense considered the father as dead . The father’s inheritance was given after the father died. We too in our life’s decisions have made wrong choices . I can look back in my own life and see those bad choices . Do we remain in them or do we ask our Father God for forgiveness ? This young son did the unthinkable but he also came to his senses and realized the error of his ways - he stooped to the lowest point in his life after squandering all his money . He was cleaning pig pens . Pig meat was considered unclean for Jews to eat ,In that day and time and pagans even persecuted Jews by forcing them to eat pork . For Jews , pigs represented paganism . Sometimes we have to “ hit bottom “ so to speak as a wake up call . The son hit his lowest point , deciding to return to his father , even if he had to be a servant . He humbled himself and asked the father for forgiveness . Father God is always there waiting for us to ask for forgiveness even when we do not deserve it . The father in this story had compassion for his son and was longing to see him . Just the same as our Heavenly Father , loves us – forgives us , throws his arms around us and give us the finest robe to wear and a ring on our finger , and welcomes us into the family of God . We are accepted and forgiven . God’s love is never ending , patient and welcoming .He will reach out to us and give us opportunities to respond but He will not force us to come to Him . Like the father in this parable , God waits patiently for us to come to our senses . 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.