Micah 7:18, 19
“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy,” Micah 7:18.
Joe is an alcoholic. After high school, he married his sweetheart. After their first child, his drinking became heavier. His wife tolerated it and even made excuses for his drunken behavior because she loved him. But, after years of abuse and his being unable to keep a job, she and their young son left. With no family and no job, Joe drank even more heavily and added drugs to the mixture.
To support his habit he committed petty theft until one day he got caught stealing a gun. In jail, Joe finally sobered up, the first time in months. The detoxification was horrible for Joe. The doctor had to be called in to give intravenous fluids and delirium tremens medication.
The past was a blur for Joe but, now, sober he could think clearly. What had he done to his family? One day the chaplain came to visit Joe. At first, it was small talk, and, then, each time the chaplain visited Joe warmed up more and more to prayer and Scripture reading. One day the chaplain read John 3:16. It puzzled Joe how God could allow His Son to die for sinners. The chaplain tried to explain God’s great love, mercy and forgiveness and read him the Scriptures in Micah 7:18, 19. Joe accepted God’s love, mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Yes, there was a celebration in Heaven that day!
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance (Luke 15:7).