• Suzanne Maxwell

Is Your Joy in the Right Place?

Our JOY should be over repentance rather than when another stumbles.

Proverbs 24:17 says, “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.” But rather, Luke 15:10 says, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Do you rejoice when someone repents? Or, do you rejoice when someone stumbles?

After court came and went on May 26th and the Protection From Abuse order (PFA) was in place…some would think there would be rejoicing and relief but my journal said, “The PFA being granted left a more final feeling and affected more emotion, tears, praying that Jim will really devote the next month and beyond to really reading, studying about himself and getting help…”

It ought to be our desire that the offender get help, repent and be healed.

James 5:16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” And in Galatians 6:1 it says, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”

After I left, the Holy Spirit sent godly friends to our house to check on me. When they arrived, they found Jim and they stayed. They listened. They prayed. They showed affection and care for his immediate needs. God began to do a marvelous work in the heart of my husband. Just a couple of days later, God began the work of repentance.

In the meantime, I was away getting rest, and help but never forgetting to pray for Jim.

Everyone is redeemable! While the safety of the abused is the first priority, let’s not forget that the abuser needs help also. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost not to save the righteous. We need to stay humble and realize that everyone needs help. Please get the abused or oppressed help first and then seek to bring the oppressor to God. If we don’t address the needs of the oppressor, they will go on to oppress others. Our goal is to eliminate the problem. Let’s get to the heart of the problem and be God’s helpers seeking all those who would accept Him.

Remember, “There is JOY in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Let’s seek to rejoice with those angels of God as we bring others to safety and some to repentance.

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