Have you heard the phrase, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you?” Originally it was talking about a pet and his owner, but the meaning has gone on to include humans. What do you think this means?
1. Read Luke 15:11-24. How do you think this story relates to the phrase we just discussed, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you”?
2. Who in the story represents God and who represents us?
3. Why did the son leave his father who loved him and provided for him?
4. How do you think the father in the story felt about his son’s actions and attitudes?
5. How did the son’s actions or attitudes affect the father’s love?
6. If you had been the father in our story, how would you have felt? How would you have greeted your son?
7. In what way do you see yourself in the life of the son?
8. How does God’s amazing love cause you to react as you think about your own life? Do you find this level of love very often in the world around you?
9. Just like the father in this story, how does God long for us to respond to his unimaginable love?
10. For the rest of the story continue reading Luke 15:25-32.
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