The prodigal son went out into the world to do worldly things, to live a worldly lifestyle. When he finally took a look at his situation he realized what a mess he had gotten himself into.
He was reaping the rewards, or in his case consequences, of his life’s choices.
As he came trudging home he was timid yet determined to make his way living respectably among his family. He came home unsure of the reception he would receive but determined to live his decision out. His father not only welcomed him home but he also had mercy upon him and welcomed him back to the family.
The son reaped mercy where he had sown righteousness.
Most of the time it is our decisions that dictate the way we live our life. Make bad choices, live with the aftermath. Choose wisely, receive merciful blessings from your savior.