Luke 15:1-31. The parable of the Prodigal Son is not nearly so much about the prodigal son as it is the father’s patience, love and forgiveness. Our heavenly father has given us great freedom; a marvelous freedom, but because of that we are capable of acts that are evil and hurtful… why does he permit it? The father of the prodigal son gives us a picture of God who sees in our voluntary submission and love something so valuable that God Himself runs down the road to throw His arms around any man or woman who makes a move in God’s direction.