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Luke 15 17a And when he came to himself, he said,
For the longest time my focus on the story of the prodigal son has been lost in the statement above. I believe that for many the process of being saved begins not with repentance, but repentance is foreshadowed by acknowledgement. The wastrel son in this parable had to come to the place in his meditations among the swine of the great loss he had inflicted upon himself. He was not yet ready for grace, but had merely acknowledged, perhaps with a tinge of hope, that he could better his circumstances by returning to his father.
It is tragic when the so-called penitent are “fast-tracked” into a less than real experience of the grace of God merely by the acceptance and memory loss of past sins. It is only when they truly come to God, not the preacher or evangelist or friend, that they may reckon with their past in true repentance.