Luke 15:25-30 The Arrogant Older Brother I Can Be
25 “Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. 29 But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; 30 but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’
This Bible passage speaks to me more now than ever. With recent events in my family, I try to tell them their actions are wrong with scripture. My knowledge of scripture has increased and a lot of times I can relate to someone’s action by what the word of God says. I feel like I have done more harm than good, and I just don’t know anymore. I love my family and I feel like I have no personal pride in my walk with Christ. I want to share my love for God and His gospel message with them, but when I do I am told that I’m being judgmental. Am I as guilty as this older son, who feels he deserves the best of his father’s attention. Is using scripture a harsh way to tell someone that their actions don’t what Christ teaches? I know that I have my flaws and personal demons, and really hate that I can’t keep the very word of God I teach and explain. Please pray for me and family, in these troubled times. Pray that the Spirit of the Lord enter their hearts and help me more like the loving father in the prodigal story parable. I just want you in the family of the God of love. God bless you all, the Lord Jesus loves you and so do I. Samuel Jerry Head.