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.

Isaiah 61:10 Great Delight

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I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10 

There are many things that people take great joy or delight in. It can be jobs, positions, family, children, friends, things that they have or most anything else.

Most commonly are things that people have or can do. They find their strength in certain things or certain hobbies that can make them happy. Excitement arises when they have those objects or are doing those hobbies.

While these things can be good, they are only temporary. The delight in them usually wears off quickly and they seeking bigger and better things.

Isaiah says that he delights greatly in the Lord and rejoices in God. The reason for this delight and rejoicing is that God has clothed him with righteousness.

Every believer is a person who deserved eternal punishment of death in hell. Yet, God had mercy on him and as forgiven him of all sins. Not only did Jesus forgive the sins, but He also clothed him with righteousness and salvation. There is no more death sentence upon his head.

Taking delight in this is the believer does not take his salvation or Christ’s righteousness for granted. He does not continue to live in sin, but allows his life to be changed and begin to live for God. He finds great joy in living for God, rather than for self and this fallen world.

The true believer will realize how great the salvation is that God has given him and will not seek delight in anything else. The greatest joy will be found in God.

You may find delight in things and abilities in your life, however, what is your greatest delight? What is it that gets you excited and pumped up?

Take a moment to think about what God has done for you and what He has given you. Remember what you deserve and are not getting.

This should cause extreme delight in God’s great love and mercy for you. Find your strength in what God has done for you and rejoice in that.

Give God praise for the salvation and righteousness He has blessed you with. Nothing could be better than that.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will find joy in the salvation Jesus has given you; that you will rejoice in God alone; and that you will live your life for God. 

Fruit Of The Spirit: Joy

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 

After setting the base of love, Paul mentions joy as the second fruit of the Spirit. Joyo is something that people sing about during the Christmas season–Joy to the World. Yet, joy is something that appears to escape or evade many people.

Walking around and looking at the faces of people, very few show any signs of any type of joy in their lives. Often all that is seen is hurt, pain, suffering, and depression, anything but joy.

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What is joy?

Often people will think of joy as happiness, but it is much more. Throughout the bible joy is often mentioned.

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing (joy) in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7

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Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles, 16: 32-34 

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There are also many other verses that talk about joy. Joy is found in heaven and on this earth. We are to be filled with joy.

So what is joy? It is more than just happiness, it is extreme happiness. It is happiness in spite of what is going on around you. Being filled with God’s joy is being filled with His extreme happiness and pleasure.

You may now be asking how can I be filled with joy when this world is filled with such hate, destruction, pain and suffering. My life is full of hurt and pain. I am struggling to survive, so where can I find joy in all of this?

Elephan struggling

Joy can be found in the Lord and in the salvation that He provides. Take a moment to look at and read 1 Peter 1. After talking about salvation, Peter says that in all this you greatly rejoice, even though you may be going through many trials.

Think about how exciting salvation is. All of your sins have been removed forever! You get to live forever! You have a day that is coming in which there will never be any more sorrow, pain, suffering, sickness or death! Jesus is preparing a place for you in heaven so that you may be with Him and the Father for all eternity!

Man with joy

All of these things are wrapped up in salvation, what Jesus did for you on the cross. And one of the greatest things is that this salvation is free. All you have to do is accept it, deny self and follow Jesus. What better news could you ever receive than this?

While the world has no hope and is seeing only death and destruction, you can see life beginning and spreading around the world. God is a God who brings life to people, not death. He wants all to be successful in Jesus and building His kingdom. This is a great joy to have.

Along with what God is providing for you, you can also see when God moves in the hearts of other people and they begin to follow Jesus. All of heaven is rejoicing over the new salvation. You can also rejoice with great joy.

Now as a believer and follower of Jesus, you are filled with God’s Holy Spirit. You have His Holy Spirit living in you and guiding you. If you have His Holy spirit living in you, then there should be some sign of His presence in your life. This is where the fruit of the Spirit comes in.

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You should be bearing fruit as to what is inside of you. Your life should be one that is bearing and showing love (self-sacrificing love) and joy. Do not be like many in the church walking around with a serious frown on their face and no joy in life at all.

Allow joy to overflow in your life so much that those around you cannot help but see it and get a taste of it in their own lives. Live in the positive mindset that God has saved you, given you a new life and He is in control. This will show joy to this world.

Thank you for stopping by and reading this. Next week I will be looking at the fruit of the Spirit–peace. Until then, may your life be filled with God’s love and joy.