The character traits exhibited by the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son

The parable of the prodigal son has it that a man had two sons. The
younger of the sons requested for his own share of the father’s property. After
collecting his share, he left his home town and spent it lavishly in loose
living, A great famine that arose in the country made him to be in want and he
was forced to descend to the most degrading employment offending swine. He
later came back to his senses and resolved to return to his father and tell him
not to accept him as a son but as a hired servant. While he was yet at a
distance, his father saw him and ran and embraced him. The son humbly pleaded
with his father to take him back simply as a slave not as a son. However, the
servants were ordered to clothe the son with the best robe fitting for the
guest of honour, give him the ring (of authority) and the shoes (of freedom)
and then slay the fattened calf so that all might share in the father’s
gladness. So, the son was restored to his former position and they began to
make merry. The elder one came, heard the sound of the celebration and when he
made inquiries, the servants told him that “Your brother has come and
your father is making merriment for him”
The elder brother was
indifferent and would not come in until his father came and entreated him. He
complained that since he had been serving his father faithfully, he had not one
day celebrated with him and his friends but when this son of his came who had
misused his wealth, he killed a fatted calf for him. 

The elder
brother’s attitude show: 

  • Envy 
  • Pride 
  • Lack of respect 
  • Lack of love for the younger brother or unforgiveness. 
  • Selfishness 
  • Anger.

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