In Jesus' parable of the prodigal son, we see a very involved parent who refuses to control or squelch his sons, instead granting them as much freedom as possible to learn and grow. This father desires godly maturity and offers his influence, but he patiently waits for the Lord to change his children. Furthermore, and perhaps most important to all, his love is steeped in grace. All parents would do well to emulate this example of a godly father. He is, after all, patterned after our heavenly Father.
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