But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.
In a rapidly deteriorating immoral culture, the magnanimous grace of God can be difficult to process for those who are pursuing righteousness. As we age, this grace takes on almost offensive tones to the ‘faithful’. There are so many who willfully live in and propagate evil that applying God’s grace almost seems unfair. Cynicism creeps into our hearts. We talk about justice more than mercy. Coldness results. It’s not fair.
When God acts it is fair. He is the definition of true Justice. It is His prerogative to show mercy and forgive. He is willing to forgive even the most rebellious soul who will turn their face to Him and seek to serve Him. To ‘come to ones senses’ is the turning point. The challenge for those who are already following Father God is to love and forgive as God does. It is no small task. However, if we share His heart then our reaction to applied grace will become joy instead of condemnation.