Rejoicing over Sinners Who Repent:

The Parable of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15:

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Dear Lord, I pray for workers for the harvest, that lost sheep will find the good Shepherd, or that the Good Shepherd will find the lost sheep. I pray that heaven will experience much rejoicing, and sinners will find salvation. You hate sin, but love the sinner. Help sinners to recognize their sins, and to hate them too, and to turn from them, and be healed and saved. Forgive me of all my sins, and thank You for saving me. In Your Name, Amen.



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