Had the younger son (Luke 15:11-32) been forced to stay at home through lack of resources his outward behavior might have been restrained, but his heart would not have been changed. He would have become angrier and bitter, convinced that his father stood between him and enjoying life. By setting him free to pursue his sinful desires, the father paradoxically started him on the path that would set him free from sin’s power as he saw its emptiness and bitter fruit. In this way, the younger son would learn that he who is forgiven much will surely love much. The magnitude of his sin ultimately served to soften his hard heart and heighten the glorious character of his patient and loving father.
– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 205