In Luke 15, Jesus used a parable to show His heart on this subject. He told of a young man who took his inheritance from his father, left the fold and went off on his own. He squandered his wealth and lived in virtual squalor. When he realized what he had done, he decided to take his chances by going home to his family-he knew that he no longer had any rights and would probably be treated as a slave. But, instead, his father showed the heart of Christ. The moment he saw his son from afar, he ran to meet him.
That is what the Lord is doing for you right now. Because you have taken the first step back into His fold, He is running to meet you. The question is not if He will take you back-He already promised that He would. The real question is: “How will you receive Him as He reaches out to you?” You have the assurance of His Word: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:9). That applies to you the same today as it did in the early days of your faith. If you confess your sins to Jesus, admit that you were wrong, ask for His forgiveness and then ask Him to be Lord of your life once again, He and all of Heaven will rejoice!