A human soul is too expensive to be rejected and forsaken and thus the Lord has always sought restoration, He has always been open for reconciliation.
The Lord understands our being and knows our frailty and thus is compassionate towards us.
Those who know this and who have experienced the compassion of the Lord in their life ought to be like God and seek the same restoration and reconciliation in others..
"I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel. But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.
For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever," Philemon 1:12-15 (NKJV)
Paul even though imprisoned for the sake of the gospel wrote to Philemon for Onesimus (a run away slave who later accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior).
Even though Onesimus's past was bitter and deceitful, he is now changed, he has now accepted the Lord and has changed and thus Paul recommends for Onesimus to be taken back from where he had run away and he is sure of Onesimus's future faithfulness now that he has accepted the Lord.
There might be many in our life who would have ditched us or cheated us sometime in the past and thus we have now completely avoided them always, we do not want to deal with them anymore, we want to live totally cutoff from them.
Can the Lord live as we do with them? Can he abandon them?
No, by His very nature, He seeks reconciliation and as He expects us to be of the same heart as He is, He want to use us to work this out,
He wants us to go out with His light which will reveal the darkness in the life of those like Onesimus for us and for others and thus seek and workout the reconciliations of so many abandoned souls whom the devil has used for evil works.
Paul is very pleased at what has happened, he is so happy to send back Onesimus and equally happy would he be who would receive him with a forgiving heart.
All worked well for Onesimus, the once run away slave known for his treachery later died as a Martyr for Christ having been imprisoned for the sake of the gospel.
Had he not been forgiven, had he not heard about the love and compassion of Christ, he would have died as a thief.
There are many saints still living in the many abandoned souls, let's get them out and restore them where God wants to see them and thus all glory will be to the Lord and our hearts will be filled with true joy.