Did the heavens celebrate when you garnered that gold medal or when you passed that difficult board exams? Or did the angels of God sing and dance when you married the love of your life, or shout “Cheers!” when you snagged that much-coveted job? Or did they party on cloud 9 when you built your dream house, parked your shining brand-new car in your garage, toured around the world, and shopped at posh boutiques? You can never be certain. But there is one thing that we know is true: there was rejoicing with the angels of God in heaven when you returned to God and repented.
In this short verse, we get a glimpse of the heart of God through the words of the Lord Jesus:
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 NIV)
This verse is packed with the goodness and promises of God:
You are so important to God so much so that there will be rejoicing in heaven, with all of His angels, when you repent and return to Him.
God is ever-ready to receive and forgive you: your returning is the one thing that He longs for, and the pouring out of His grace upon you is the very thing He looks forward to doing.
He readily forgets ALL your sins upon your earnest, godly repentance and humble obedience.
Soul-winning, beside our worshiping in spirit and in truth, matters most to Him.
Unlike us humans, God is gracious to forgive. And when He does forgive, it is complete. He doesn’t remember any more our sins which He has forgiven. Luke 15:10 gives us a glimpse of His merciful, gracious heart: He forgives fully and forgets instantly that all of heaven gets to celebrate! Here we see that He doesn’t delay His forgiveness (to those who humbly return to Him and truly repent) and doesn’t remind us of our past sins once He has taken them away.
For humans, there may be a struggle to forgive. AND, we don’t forget that easily! We may say, “I forgive you but I certainly don’t feel like celebrating!” But that is not the heart of our Father in heaven. We now know without a doubt the love of God for us and that His love is unequalled.
So, if we know that He has forgotten our past foolishness and taken all our sins and shame upon Himself, there is no reason to revisit our dark past and feel its shame. We also need to forget.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him. (Psalm 103:8-13)
In the entire chapter of Luke 15, the Lord Jesus tells three parables to illustrate how important to God a sinner’s repentance is and how He rejoices over him or her. This would remind us, therefore, (those of us who have received His amazing grace) to do that which brings Him so much joy: win souls.
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