It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found. (Luke 15:32)
Everyone appears to have a little of the jealous brother in them. We desire forgiveness for our wrongs, yet have a hard time forgiving those who wrong us. It is much more difficult for us to forgive than to be forgiven. We want the world to forgive and forget. Yet, we want to hold onto a wrong suffered. We oftentimes use forgiveness as a vengeful weapon or hangman’s noose against those we profess to have forgiven. Instead of being glad that the wayward have been restored, and the lost found, we are upset that now they have received favor. We should not only forgive, we should seek out those who need forgiveness. What could be more rewarding than to restore the destroyed, or find the lost? It will always be right to rejoice and be glad for the return of a prodigal. Someday the prodigal just might be you.