Let's Talk About Learning from Our Mistakes

by Rose Taylor

Luke 15:17-20

When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have more than enough food, but I’m starving to death! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I no longer deserve to be called your son. Take me on as one of your hired hands.” ’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion. His father ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him.

Key Passage:
When he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have more than enough food, but I’m starving to death! I will get up and go to my father, and say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son. Take me on as one of your hired hands.’’ So he got up and went to his father. —Luke 15:17-20a

Commentary:
The parable of the prodigal son tells a story of failure and sin met with extravagant grace. The focal Scripture passage ends just short of the father’s gracious and loving response to his son’s return. These verses focus on the son’s coming to his senses after foolishly wasting his entire inheritance. Now a victim of circumstances (no money, no friends, a drought, and no food) and working at a humiliating job feeding pigs, the son realizes that he does not deserve to be restored as a son of the household. He is willing to humble himself and work as a hired servant. The fallout from our foolish mistakes often leads to an humbling reality check at which time we see the error of our ways and learn a valuable lesson.

Questions to Discuss:
What lessons did you learn from past mistakes you made?
Are there ways that others may also learn from your mistakes?
What do you believe has been God’s response to your mistakes?

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