There is one parable that Jesus told, which is the most vivid and perfect illustration of true repentance.
It is the parable of the prodigal son, and somebody else has said it should be called the ‘caring father.’ (If you’re a woman reading this who have been unfaithful in your marriage, then you’re like me as I was the prodigal daughter at one time.)
The second son, from a wealthy family, decided to get all his inheritance now. So he went off to a distant country and lived it up in sinful things and sinful living. After he spent his inheritance, a famine came, and the only job he could get was feeding the pigs.
Here he is, in rags, feeding the pigs- hungry and longing to eat the slop that the pigs were eating.
Then this is what happens- in verse 17: “But when he came to himself, he said”….
that’s the main point- you have to come to yourself– your moment of truth,
see yourself as you really are and as God sees you and what He wants for you.
Luke 15: 17 “When he came to himself, he said ‘how many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father and will say to him ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I’m no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”