The “Tale of a Loving Father” is a message from Luke 15. It is a moving story that Jesus told about a man who had 2 sons. God is the loving father, who received back his son. It is one of the clearest passages in the bible to explain how a person becomes a Christian.
A person must realize that they are lost before they can be saved. God is a loving father and will gladly receive those who turn from their sin and trust in Christ (Acts 20:21).
We are all sinners and cannot save ourselves. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” . A sin is breaking God’s Moral Law (10 Commandments). Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever had a lustful thought? Have you ever taken something that didn’t belong to you, even if it was something small when you were a kid? These are all sins and they reveal that we are not good people. Do you know what God did for us? God has graciously given his Son, Jesus to pay the penalty that our sins deserve. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus rose from the dead and can give us new life. Romans 5:10 says, 10 “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved [a]by His life.” If we confess our sin and trust in the risen Lord, we can be saved. Romans 10:9-10 says, “9 [a]that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, [b]resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [c]resulting in salvation.” Everyone who truly calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13 says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
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