Student’s Midweek Message
Last week we talked about The Prodigal Son. We touched on how much God the Father loves us when we sin and no matter what we do he will always welcome us home with open arms. But we also focused on the brother and his resentment towards his brother. Sometimes it hard to see the good in someone when they have hurt you in some way. It’s hard to see the good out of a bad situation. It’s hard to forgive and forget. Yes, the younger brother behaved in an irresponsible way but his father didn’t even ask him what happened. He didn’t care to hear his excuses or even need his apology. He immediately forgave him and loved him just the same. The brother, on the other hand, could not get over the fact that he stayed home and obeyed his father and did what was right and still they throw this party for his naughty brother. So who was more sinful? The brother who blew his inheritance on partying or the brother living in resentment? The son refused to forgive because he was bitter. His resentment rendered him just as lost to the father’s love as his younger brother had been. Don’t let anything keep you from forgiving others. If you are refusing to forgive people, you are missing a wonderful opportunity to experience joy and share it with others. Make your joy grow: Forgive somebody who has hurt you.
This week we will kick things off with dinner at 5 p.m., and worship in the Youth Room at 6 p.m. with Club 456. We are going to be talking about The Good Samaritan and the obvious and not so obvious lessons to learn from that story!