“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 15:7



Jesus said,

“I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents

than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.”


– Luke 15:7 (NRSV)






Before you say “But that’s not fair at all!”


and consider what Jesus is saying, from His level;

from the spiritual level that Jesus and the Saints operate from.


It is so easy to fall into the trap of arguing – from our worldly level –

that the “righteous people who need no repentance” would be offended

and taken aback by these different levels of joy

which seem to clearly favour the sinner

over the person who lives a virtuous life.


The truth is that the truly righteous are modest and gracious

and would never claim or desire attention for themselves.


The truly righteous, both in heaven and on earth,

will always be foremost among those expressing joy over the conversion of sinners.


Our Lord clearly values the perseverance of the just

and what He is telling us, at our level,

is to always be happy for the good that befalls others;

to never be envious and always seek peace;

to embrace altruism;

and to work hard at being joyfully righteous.






Rejoice in the Lord, O my soul. Rejoice!


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