Have you ever walked into a church feeling vulnerable, knowing you needed to be there, and noticed every person that ignores you? That’s the enemy, bringing on discouragement. Most people are just doing their own thing, because they need to be there too, but the enemy makes you aware of every “Pharisee” in the church. He wants you to go home feeling wrecked, so you don’t go back again. Jesus, on the other hand, welcomes you in, no matter how bad, or how deep you’ve fallen into sin. He is there to pick you up, dust you off, and forgive you of even your most heinous sins. When you make that commitment to him, all of Heaven rejoices! You broke through the biggest barrier by walking through the doors of the church. Never let people discourage you, if they do, they are dealing with sin more destructive than your own, have pity on them, rather than feel shame because of their behavior. Jesus made it a point to welcome the worst sinners of the day, so they would know that there was hope for them. He has great compassion for each and every sinner, and will come after you until you find your way into his arms.
Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7