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. He has resisted turning us into sheep or coins but because of that we are capable of acts that are evil and so hurtful… why does he permit it? Because He looks down at us and realizes there’s a capacity for something greater in our voluntary submission and love and that is so valuable that God Himself runs down the road to throw His arms around any man or woman who makes a move in this direction…to willing come home.