He had a light bulb moment!
Vs. 17This verse could say "and when he came to his senses..."
The realization was that all of his fathers servants had plenty of food, and he was hungry enough to eat corn husks.
He had two choices here he, cold get bitter at his fathers servants or he could join them.
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you
Repentance of the heart.
He chose to repent.
He when to repent,
Ezekiel 18 :21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
Repentance requires getting out of the pig sty your in. Removing yourself from were sin has taken you is essential.
You see the son could have been repentant in his heart but if no action follows nothing will change.
When he went to see his father he had an unexpected welcome.
The son was shamefully returning and the father had a compassionate welcome.
Repentance is open and honest spoken in humility.
1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The truth is we choose to be Gods servants but he makes us sons and daughters. He wants to give us a robe, ring and shoes.
Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
But we have to leave our sinful past all together. Go to our heavenly Father and confess.
The Great truth about this parable is that God is always ready to receive us back if we are willing to return to Him.