Never Too Late

Read Luke 15:11-32 The story of the Prodigal Son

There was a time when some of you were just like that but now your sins are washed away, and you are set apart for God, and he has accepted you because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you. 1 Corinthians 6:11 (TLB)

Scott Martin lives in New Jersey. As part of his pastoral responsibilities at a local hospital, he was called to the bedside of an elderly woman. He found her shouting out in anguish to Jesus and then to Scott. She had been diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage and was afraid she would die and not go to heaven. When Scott asked her the reason for her fear, she explained that her sins were just too great. Scott reminded her of the parable of the prodigal son and how our Father in heaven will welcome us back with open arms. She told Scott she was afraid it was too late. He assured her that if Jesus could forgive the thief on the cross next to him, the same is true of all of us. They then prayed together, and a great peace seemed to come over her. When Scott saw her again the next morning, she took his hand and said she knew she was forgiven and welcomed back by God.

No matter what sins we may have committed, whether we are coming to Christ for the first time or returning to God like the prodigal son, we don't have to be afraid that our sins are too great. Instead, we can reach out to our Father and remember that God forgives and welcomes us with open arms.

Prayer: Dear Father, remind us that it is never too late to turn to you. Help us to be open to receive your love and forgiveness, in Jesus' name, amen.

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