“Schooled by Separation” – Luke 15:11-19 – Pastor Bruce Lerum
From Temptation to Separation
Our relationship from God-to-us is rock–solid secure.
It is the relationship from us-to-God that is suspect.
1 John 4:10 “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
The younger son “came to his senses.” He genuinely felt separated from his family.
Life has a way of bringing us to our senses in our God-relationship.
Luke 15:17 “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!”
God gives us as long a rope as we need in our relationship with Him.
Learning of separation can be heart-wrenching and then a reality check.
1 John 4:11 “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1. What might you be experiencing when you’re “feeling separated” from fellowship with the Father?
2. What does it take for you to “come to your senses” and seek the power of the Father’s redeeming relationship?
3. In this season of Lent, what is Jesus doing to reconcile his relationship with the world, so we can be in fellowship with him and others?
4. When separation from God seems to be a reality, how can that trend be reversed?