Open Arms

(Isaiah 1:18- Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool.) Like many Christians, sometimes I have a habit of running away from God after I’ve messed up instead of running to Him. I think to myself “will God really forgive me again?”, “I’ve repented about this over and over” and God’s answer is still the same: “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, come to me.”

The story of the prodigal son is a great example of running to God after you’ve messed up. There was a father with two sons and one decided it was time he got his inheritance. After receiving it, he left home and wasted it on reckless living. After hitting rock bottom, he came to his senses and realized he needed to go back home. Like our heavenly Father, the prodigal son’s father was approachable and the son knew that he could go to him. (Luke 15:20- “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming, and was filled with loving pity and ran and embraced him and kissed him.) His father didn’t wait for him to reach him, he ran and met his son and embraced him. This is how God is with us, when you draw close to Him, He will draw close to you (James 4:8).

The prodigal son believed that he wasn’t worthy enough to be called his dad’s son after what he did. (Luke 15:21- And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son [I no longer deserve to be recognized as a son of yours]) That was a lie from Satan because when he returned, his dad brought him the finest robe in the house and threw him a party. The thing about the enemy’s lies is that they seem to be true, but if it’s contrary to God’s Word you must cast them down. (2 Corinthians 2:5- Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;) When you fall short he will tell you all sorts of lies such as “you’re not worthy”, “you can’t go to God after you did that” etc., but Jesus died for you and He says that you are worthy. I love the song “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong because it’s about the importance of declaring who God says you are. Satan doesn’t want you declaring God’s Word because he knows he’s powerless against a believer who knows their rights as a child of God.

(1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.) Your mistakes don’t change the way God feels about you. Don’t run from God, run to Him. You are forgiven and your Heavenly Father is patiently waiting for you to return with open arms.