The scripture reading for today is Luke 17: 7.
“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.”
This verse is the last verse in “The Parable of the Lost Sheep”. Jesus leads up to this verse by asking the gathered listeners that if they were shepherds and lost one of their flock wouldn’t they search for the lost sheep and rejoice at finding that sheep! There were Pharisees in the crowd and Jesus understood that the Pharisees would not only not associate with “lost sheep” but wouldn’t rejoice at their repenting. He uses this parable to point out the difference between us and our heavenly father.
Today it is very easy to grade sin and think that I might be a sinner, but my sin is less horrible then another person. We then justify ourselves by thinking, I am less a sinner then the next person. This thinking is shortsighted and doesn’t recognize how valuable we are to our God. God loves us all unconditionally and no matter what our sin he loves us. What is important to remember is that God loves the sinner but hates the sin. When we sin, we always cloud and darken our relationship with God.
So, when I read this verse and recognize my personal sins I stop and ask God to please forgive me and help me to stop my sinning ways. Prayer to our Father recognizing my sin and asking for forgiveness is the only way I am able to overcome my earthly actions.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father thank-you for loving us today and rejoicing when we overcome our sinning ways. Help us to grow out of sin. Amen.
Rob Carrothers firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern – That we can see how valuable we are to God.