Can my good deeds cancel out my bad deeds?

In some ways it seems fair for our good and our bad deeds to be recorded and put in  weighing scales. However in the Holy Bible God is often talked about as a father. It is unusual for a father to constantly weigh up the good and bad deeds in his children. 

For example , one time when Jesus was teaching, he told a story 

about a father who had two sons. One of the sons  took his fathers money, left home and wasted it all, and lived a bad life. However, eventually, he returns home and says sorry to his Father. 

Without hesitation the father welcomes his son back home. On his return, the father doesn’t weigh up the good and bad deeds done by his son. No, instead, he welcomes the son  back, simply  because he is his child. He is accepted because the father, who represents God, longs for his people to return to him.   Watch or read the story and ask yourself- in this story which son  am I like? 

What is God saying to you through this wonderful story?

Watch the story of the LOST SON as told by Jesus

The video clip comes from the Lumo Project (www.lumoproject.com)

Luke 15 11-24

Read the story of the LOST SON

Luke 15 11-24 (NIV) The ‘lost Son

11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he 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.

21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

To read the end of the story

Luke 15 25-32 (NIV)

25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

Listen to a story of how somebody went away from God but then returned back to Him

The story answers some questions but raises others. How can God (as our Father) accept us back if we have done wrong things? Is that right? Is it fair? Please contact us to discuss further or ask us questions.

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