There will always be someone who cannot rejoice over a fallen or broken brother or sister returning home to experience grace, forgiveness, help, and restoration. Their greatest failure is resenting what causes the Father to rejoice.
Most often, the question is posed by a broken, shamed, and struggling church servant who is seeking hope. Occasionally, the question is raised by a well-meaning church member or leader with conflicting beliefs, ideas, or emotions. From time to time, that person serves their church on a search committee or deacon leadership team. All, regardless of their station or role, are seeking hard truth on which to base important decisions.