Heavenly Rejoicing

Luke 15:10 - Jesus concluded: ďIn the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.Ē

Every day, I do something wrong. I say the wrong thing or forget to do the right thing. I break a promise that I made or neglect an obligation I meant to fulfill. I break one of Godís commandments or I deliberately go against Christís Word. In short, I am a habitual sinner who needs to repent every single day.

When Iím made aware of my mistakes, I get defensive at first. I donít want to claim the sin as my own or take the blame for what is wrong. Iím just like a quarterback that I watched recently on television who threw a terrible ball which his receiver could not catch. As he ran off the field, he looked to his coach and I lip-read his words: ďIt wasnít me,Ē he said. He didnít want to take ownership of his mistake and, unfortunately, his attitude permeated across the entire team. Needless to say, they lost the game.

After initially being defensive, I later realize that Iíve made a mistake and seek forgiveness for what Iíve done wrong. This process is called repentance in the Bible and it involves letting go of my pride by humbly asking for Godís pardon. So long as I recognize that my sinful behavior, misdeed, or mistake is wrong, I can repent. If ever I believe that my sinful behavior is acceptable, then even God cannot help me and His grace can never be applied to my life.

Thatís why there is a lot of rejoicing in Heaven when a sinner truly repents and returns to God. The free will choice to do as we please can either be a blessing or a curse. When we choose to repent, we are restored to God and Heaven rejoices; thatís also when the beauty of Godís grace can positively change our lives forever.

Questions for personal reflection

When have I ever truly repented before God? Is there something that I am still reluctant to confess to Him?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we were created to worship God and enjoy Him forever. Sometimes we worship our lifestyles and idolize our choices. Keep us from harming our souls and prevent us from following spiritual paths that lead to dead ends. Help us to see the need to repent and release us from our unconfessed sins. In Your Holy Name, we humbly pray. Amen.

John Stuart 

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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