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Evangelizing The Prodigal – Part 2

By Bobbi Junior

How should we go about evangelizing the prodigal in our family, whether they be our son or daughter, brother or sister? Although we must share the gospel through the scriptures, Bobbi suggests the need to love unconditionally is also vitally important.

Bobbi Junior is a contributor to our Christian internet radio station, HopeStreamRadio, through her program entitled “Not Me Lord.”

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Brown Manila Envelopes

When his son visits, and picks him up for lunch, the father is prepared. Perhaps, he thinks. Perhaps this time my son will understand.

Over soup and a sandwich, the father produces a brown manila envelope, similar to the one he gave his son the last time they visited, the time before that, and the time before that, as well.

The envelope, like the others, is filled with essays written by the father, newly constructed evidence from the Bible telling the son the truth found in scripture, telling him the penalty for sin and how much he needs Jesus.

Over coffee, they go through the notes. The father witnesses to his son, telling him of the urgency:  he needs to listen, open his mind, admit his vile state, accept the truth,  and accept the Lord Jesus Christ.

The son appears engaged. He nods.  Sometimes he comments, but not much.

At the end of the visit the son pays for their meal, puts the envelope in the back seat of the car, and drives his father home.

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A Burdened Father

The father goes in and back to his desk, back to his writing, still burdened with the knowledge that his son continues to refuse Christ’s redeeming love.

Between now and their next visit the father will persevere, looking for that passage of scripture, that perfect combination of words that will be the pivotal point,  the ultimate argument to catch his son’s attention.

Please God, he prays, let my son come to know you!

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Sister And Brother

After dropping off his father, as is his routine when he comes to town, the son now stops to visit his sister. As with every time before, he tells her, “I took Dad for lunch.”

And as with every time before, he says, “Dad had another envelope for me.” The son sighs, and asks, “Why can’t he just be happy with who I’ve become?”

And it occurs to the sister that she has never ever heard their father express any interest in her brother, beyond the fact that he’s going to hell.

The Prodigal Son

In the story of the Prodigal Son, we read of another father longing to see his son. The scripture says, “But while [the son] was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

Love from that Father was unconditional and expressed in public.

The only reason we can love is because Jesus loved us first.

Jesus loves us in our condition of sin, just as we are.

I think that’s the kind of love God wants believing fathers to display for unbelieving sons.

I think that’s the kind of love God wants all believers to display for their children.

No matter how old they are, our children need to know they’re loved, valued, and accepted, just as they are.

Are you struggling to love someone unconditionally?

Ask Jesus to help you love; no strings attached.

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Bobbi Junior

Read and hear more from Bobbi Junior on the contributor’s page. You can also find Bobbi at her website, The Reluctant Caregiver, at bobbijunior.com

Bobbi’s  program, “Not Me Lord” airs on HopeStreamRadio.

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Praying Man: Ryan Forkel

Envelope: Raquel Santos

 

HopeStreamRadio has been a huge blessing to me. Since I moved away from an area that had a lot of good Christian radio I have been looking for a station that I could listen to and be encouraged by. HSR has filled that void and it has also been exciting to be a part of the team that contributes to HSR.

Mike from MS