Luke 15:22-23 "But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:"
We see in these verses how a father ought to be with the son who had left and has returned. This father had an undying love for his son and was also forgiving. The father in this account is a picture of our Heavenly Father.
Our Heavenly Father requires righteousness of us that can only be given by Him but also requires judgment of the sins we commit. He is always ready to forgive that one who comes back and restore fellowship when that one repents of the things he has done.
When the son returned home the father showed love and forgiveness toward that son. He gave him the robe and put a ring on his finger to symbolize his acceptance and restoration.
God revealed a lot to me about this account through a man that I know whose son had committed sin and had to serve time in prison as a result. This man's son had lied to his daddy and done some very wicked things. He deserved to serve time in prison and this son as well as his daddy realized it.
What got my attention (and I did not understand) was that when his son came out of prison to return home...his daddy had fixed up his car and replaced a lot of what the son had wrong with his car. He also had new bedroom furniture and a new paint job done in his bedroom. He had done so much for his son that I just didn't understand. I had felt that because his son had hurt his family so much that he didn't deserve anything when he came home.
One day some time later...God showed me through this account of the prodigal son in Luke chapter 15 that what this man did for his son was biblical. This man was not doing all of it to praise his son for all the wrong he had done...but to let him know that he forgave him. At that point I felt guilty for the feelings I had about it all.
He also showed me that our Heavenly Father is the same way with us. Many are leaving the will of God to go off and do their own thing and when they come back to God with a repentant heart...the Father is there waiting and willing to forgive and restore and give us back those things we lost while out living in sin.
Thank you Father for your forgiveness and restoration!!