Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Return, Repent, REDEEMED, Remember

Alright, the truth hurts, but here goes—we ALL are sinners and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Paul through the third chapter of Romans hits us hard with his candor by asking, “Are we better than they?” 

“Not at all,” he quickly answers and later adds, “There is none righteous, not one” (Romans 3:9-11). We can’t do anything good to make ourselves any better. Plain and simple, we are sinners. BUT there’s hope and it’s found in our Truth-Bearer, Jesus Christ (John 14:6). And He desires honesty, first with ourselves and then others.

Truth opens and reveals the secrets in our hearts. It may be frightening at first to disclose shameful things and bad choices in our lives, but what release it brings. When we are truthful with our Truth-bearer, He shatters the shackles around our hearts and splits the chains binding us. We are free; His truth sets us free (John 8:32).

God desires our freedom from the chains binding us. He waits patiently for us to return to Him, our Creator. Jesus Christ paved a way for our freedom by dying upon a cross, bearing our sins. Taking our sins away, He forgives us and covers us with His righteousness. His offering to us is a wonderful gift of grace free of charge. He looks us in the eye and hands us His extravagant mercy. 

With the chance to be free from the chains that bind us comes the freedom to choose His mercy and grace. We can accept His offering of grace or we can reject it. The gift is there for the taking, if we choose it. 

Choosing to receive God’s grace requires us to turn away from our wrongdoings—SINS—and return to our Heavenly Father with repentance in our hearts. When we're truly sorry for what we’ve done or haven’t done and honest about our behavior, we are showered in the grace of our loving God. 

Repentance enables God to work His wonderful traits into our lives. When we say yes to the God of grace, He will clean up our hearts and redeem us, saving us from sin and eternal death. Redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ frees people and glorifies God. Lives change and those around us see a difference. 

When we have allowed the prodigal in us to return, repent, and receive redemption, then we turn and face the world with remembrance of what the Lord has done for us. If someone asks about our change, then we can tell how God delivered us with His powerful hand. Give praise to God and tell about His powerful ways. Give Him all the credit and glory—after all, it’s about Him, not us! Remember Him and His mercy!

Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:7 (NASB)

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 (NASB)

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7 (NASB)

And they remembered His words. Luke 24:8 (NASB)


The Lord our God says, “Return to Me!” as we live throughout each day.
He desires a repentant heart, kneeling at His feet we pray. 

His kingdom is near and He offers His peace, repent and believe His Word.
Be washed in His blood, live clean in His ways, and remember always what you’ve heard!

Now go and spread the word of God, live free in His loving ways.
The world out there needs to hear good news, we’ve got a trail to blaze.

Tell the truth of a merciful God, filled with endless grace.
He stands nearby with gentleness and love, waiting to embrace.

Go, go, go to the world with a message of endless hope.
Salvation is near, they need to hear; God gives the ability to cope.

On your knees in humility, bow before the Lord of all.
He’s the Savior of the world. It’s your mission; you are called.

The world needs Him!

Come back next week for a personal story of returning, repenting, redemption, remembering.......

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