Reading a wonderful book, The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller ... we'll be using it for our Lenten study. It is a meditation and study of the story we call "The Prodigal Son". Here is a hymn verse from John Newton, author of "Amazing Grace", along with some reflection by Keller:
Our pleasure and our duty,
though opposite before,
since we have seen his beauty
are joined to part no more.
In a few short words Newton outlines our dilemma. The choice before us seems to be to either turn from God and pursue the desires of our hearts, like the younger brother, or repress desire and do our moral duty, like the older brother. But the sacrificial, costly love of Jesus on the cross changes all that.