“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:11
Do you think God delights in having to rebuke? Does a good Father take pleasure in chastening his children from wrong doing? No, it exceedingly angers Him and becomes incessantly annoying overtime, especially as they grow older and are supposed to have matured. He delights in level headed and co-partisan relationship. He delights in rewarding obedience with gifts. He delights in spending time with His children and sharing His wisdom when they so desire to ask. He looks over what He can, but for the blatant and dangerous wrong doing of His children He has no choice but to scold. He hates watching His children suffer the ill consequences of rebellion and foolishness, it grieves Him to His core. And over time a parent can only do or warn so much to keep His child from the fire, until the child is told he must leave the house.
“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love.”Micah 7:18
But the good Father declares that no matter how much that child hates him, no matter how many vile things you have done to spite Him and defile himself and others, if his child comes back home and humbles himself he will forgive him of all debt, and remember nothing of the past. He will take him in and uphold him in open arms, and weep with him in joy giving the best things of the house.
“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.