Like the father of the prodigal son, God does not dwell on our past waywardness. He knows all your sins and weaknesses, but as you open your mouth to confess them, He stops you. He rejoices when you come back to His embrace. He has already removed your transgressions as far as the east is from the west.
Lent is the moment for us to stop, sit down, and try to reflect on our
own present situations as sinners. Truly, sin has dragged us down to
our lowest dignity and placed us into a most embarrassing position.
The good news, however, is that should we at any time find ourselves
burdened by our sins, we may go back to our Father and He will always
run to meet us and rejoice that we have found our way back to Him.
Like the Pharisees and scribes, the older brother, in his self-
righteousness, has forgotten to rejoice when a sinner returns to God.
Bitterness and resentment keep him from forgiving his younger brother.