So, what do you do?
A lost lamb is found. Tired, bruised, battered. It's time in the wilderness has been rough on it, but the Shepherd has found it, brought it home?
What do you do?
Do you rejoice... or do you sharpen your knives to finish what cruel nature started? Do you see the open and exposed wounds now public and then drive in your own cruel barbs... or do you rejoice that the sinner has repented and pray for healing and peace?
When the younger brother has returned, do you rejoice, or pout in the fields?
The Church I'm now at is on the 3 year, so I didn't get to preach on Luke 15 today... but this time of year I'm reminded of how often we could stand to be a bit more gracious when we hear of those who have been caught in sin and have repented.
Just my thoughts.