And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. – 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
The other day I was eating lunch at work and reading the news. One of the articles posted was about a man that plays guitar for the rock band Guns and Roses. Most of the article I found pretty cliché, a typical rock and roll story with the star talking about abuse from his earthly dad.
But something he said struck a chord with me. He was defending his dad to a certain degree in saying, I don’t hate him, I don’t wish anything bad on him – nobody gives you a handbook on how to be a father.
Sadly, millions of people actually believe that. They believe it because they don’t have the truth; the truth is that there is a handbook. God gave us the handbook in 66 books of the bible. How we live our lives, how our marriages should be, even down to how we should raise our children are within those pages. There’s literally every answer you could think of in those pages.
But not everyone has known that there is a handbook, and we try to go our own way and do things without help from God. Without God directing our lives, teaching us how to live and raise our children, we can really mess up our roles as parents, spouses and even our role as children.
Sadly some parents never repent. Sometimes, even though the child forgives, the parent doesn’t accept it and restore the relationship. But, one thing you can count on is this; God will always take you back. He’s always waiting for His children to come back and say, forgive me Father, I have sinned against you. We all are prodigal sons (Luke 15:11-32), and when we come back to God, we are restored to Him and to eternal life.
Just like that, we can restore our relationship with our parents; we also can restore our relationship with our Father in heaven.
By the way, the guitarist from this band did say that he had forgiven his dad. I don’t know where he stands with God, if he is a Christian or not, but he has learned one thing, the beginning of restoration has to start with forgiveness, either asking for it or receiving it.
Lord, we all have been prodigal sons in our life. We have gone our separate ways from you and have led sinful lives. But, you never gave up on us, and have accepted us back once we ask for forgiveness and confess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Thank you Father, for being patient with me.