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The Long Road Home: Recovery From Horrible Spiritual Failure

“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘...I will go home to my father and say, 'Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.' So he returned home to his father." - Luke 15:17-20 (NLT)

I have written quite often from the "victim's" perspective.  That is an unfortunate fact that was brought to my attention recently by a dear friend who asked something along the lines of, "When are you going to write about how people who have done terrible things can recover and be restored?"  From that time until now the concept for this article has been rolling around in my mind.  How does one recover from horrible spiritual failure?  Is it possible to recover?  How should Christians respond to other Christians who have fallen away?  In this article I will endeavor first to speak to the one who has fallen and, afterward, to the Church and our response.