Joy over a repentant sinner

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The son said … Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. 

There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.

Luke 15:21.7.

Eight-year-old Georges grew up in an African Christian family in Cameroun and knew many stories from the Bible. One day he was visiting a missionary in the capital.

While Georges was helping to dry the dishes in the kitchen after the meal, he suddenly asked, “What was the name of the prodigal son?” – “The Bible doesn’t tell us his name,” the missionary answered. “Perhaps it was Paul, or even Georges like you. But what about you, Georges? Have you turned to God yet?” – “No, I haven’t,” the body replied. – “Have you ever sinned?” He didn’t hesitate to give his answer; “Oh yes, often!” – “Then you must confess all the naughty things you can remember to the Lord Jesus now, and ask Him to come into your heart. It would be better not to put it off. You can go into my room where you won’t be disturbed.”

Georges first went on drying the dishes in silence. Then a few minutes later he put the dish cloth down and withdrew into the quiet room. After a quarter of an hour the missionary went to find him. She discovered him with his face covered in tears. He had knelt down and told God all his lies and disobedience, all the wicked things he had done and could still remember. Georges had confessed his guilt sincerely before God, and God had forgiven him.

When he returned home, he told his parents joyfully about his conversion. That caused great rejoicing in the family. And in the neighborhood people noticed the difference. Georges’ behaviour showed that he had become a child of God.