Luke 15:10 Rejoice Over Repentance

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

Holding a grudge against what a person has done in his past is a common trait among most people. People remember what a person had done or been like and often refuse to allow that person to change. Or they do not believe that he could have changed.

With this type of attitude, many people are often held down, or pushed back into their old habits.

Jesus gave a parable of a woman who lost a coin, then after much searching found it. She then rejoiced greatly. He said that angels will also greatly rejoice over a person who repents.

People in a church are sometimes the most critical of a person who repents. They know a person’s past and don’t believe that he could have truly repented. It is often seen as a just a publicity stunt, rather than true repentance.

As a human being, no one can truly know the heart or reason behind a public confession or repentance. Every believer must trust that it is real and rejoice with God and His angels.

Those in the church must come alongside a new believer, who has repented, and support him and build him up in Christ Jesus. This is discipleship that Jesus called every believer to do.

This is the opposite of what many in the church often do with criticizing the repentance. Satan and the world want to destroy the new believer, and both will try to get the believers to do that in getting them to not rejoice.

Every time a person repents, the church should be rejoicing and praising God for the new, changed life. Changed lives is the goal Jesus came to the earth for.

You may know someone who has repented and is trying to change and live for God. Instead of being critical against that person, come alongside of him and build him up. Rejoice that God is still working in lives today.

Allow God to reveal to you those who are repenting and beginning to live for Him. Let the joy of knowing this rise up in your soul, rather than let the doubts of the devil fill your heart and mind.

Are you rejoicing with the angels over one who has repented?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will use you to disciple new believers; that you will praise God for those who repent; and that you will point all people towards Jesus.

Psalm 58:1-2 False Equity And Justice

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Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity? No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth. Psalm 58:1-2 

Justice and equality are two things that America and some other nations claim to believe in. Rulers all across the nation claim to aim for justice and equality among people. America is really strong in claiming the belief that all people are created equal and that no one is to be discriminated against based on anything.

Rules are constantly being changed or made to make everyone equal, that every person will have equal justice in every situation.

David asks the questions of how the rulers were speaking and judging the people. He does not see them as acting justly or with equity. In fact, he says they strive to bring violence upon the earth.

These types of actions can be seen with many different governments. In the process of claiming justice, they discriminate against a believer. Those who stand true and faithful to God are often prosecuted as haters. Believers are often no longer able to make a statement against something that is sinful, because it is seen as hate.

Those is the church are not always a lot different than the rulers are. There are many in the church that will quickly say that if one does not worship in the exact same way, he is going to hell and will not make it into heaven.

Others will just stand on the side shouting hateful words at those living in the world. All they do is condemn and never show any love or mercy. They are actually promoting violence in the name of God.

Believers are to show love and mercy to everyone. They are to love everyone, including the worst enemies. Justice is to be shown the same to every person, regardless of whether they believe in God or not. This can be done only if one is truly following Jesus with his whole heart.

Think about the words that you speak to others. Think about the actions you show to others. What are they promoting?

Regardless of whether a person is a believer or not, you should treat each one equally with God’s great love and mercy. Seek to bring God’s peace into the lives of every person you meet, not judgement and hate. This can only be done by promoting the gospel of Jesus, rather than just rules.

How are you at speaking and treating others?

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will love all others as God has loved you; that you will act in God’s true justice; that you will only judge as God has judged you; and that you will spread the message of Jesus to this world. 

Isaiah 63:7 Tell Of His Kindness

I will tell of the kindness of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us–yes, the many good things he has done for Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. Isaiah 63:7

A lot of Christians are willing to talk about the God, but not always in the best way. Many are very quick to point out sins in the lives of non-believers and condemn them for the way they are living. All the commands of God are quickly remembered and brought to the attention of those who do not even follow Him.

The ones who speak this way feel as though they must be quick to point out the sin, so that they the person will know that they need God in his life. One of the problems with talking this way is that it does not show the kindness of God very well.

God does not just show up into a person’s life and point out all of his sins. He shows up into the person’s life to show love and kindness. As the person sees and feels God’s love and kindness, he is drawn towards God. God’s love and kindness causes a desire in a person for more. It helps the person realize that what he has is not working and really does not fulfill his life.

If you look at your own life, you should be able to see the many ways God was kind to you over the years.

How many times has God forgiven you when you sinned?

How many times has God shown you love instead of beating you down?

These are the things you should be talking about to non-believers. Point them to the many ways God is kind and loving. As you do this, God’s love and kindness will draw them towards Him.

Who wants to start following some dictator who is just out to destroy and kill because of something done wrong? No one.

As you go through your day think about all the kindnesses God has shown you. Now share it with someone else. Share it with other believers and share it with non-believers. It is a great testimony that will draw many to Jesus.

I pray today that you will see the kindness God has given you; that you will show God’s kindness and love to others; that you will praise God for His kindness; and that His kindness and love will shine in this world through you.