Do your thoughts, words, and actions really matter? They do to God and the guardian angel (or group of guardian angels) that he has assigned to watch over you. Everything you think, say, write, and do moves your life in a certain direction -- and guardian angels want you to move closer to God each day.
Guardian angels notice every good and bad choice you make in life, and they record it all, believers say. But their goal isn’t to use the information to condemn you. Since angels are filled with pure love, guardian angels are rooting for you to choose what’s best, and standing by ready to help you when you need encouragement.
Nothing is Hidden
No decision that any person makes escapes the attention of guardian angels, many people believe. In his book Summa Theologica, Saint Thomas Aquinas (a Catholic theologian) writes: "Although an angel may forsake a man sometimes locally, he does not for that reason forsake him as to the effect of his guardianship: for even when he is in heaven he knows what is happening to man; nor does he need time for his local motion, for he can be with man in an instant."
People who practice, Kabbalah (a mystical branch of Judaism) believe that the archangel Metatron gets information about people's choices from many sources (including their guardian angels) and writes down the good deeds people do on Earth, as well as what happens in heaven, in God's Book of Life. The Talmud mentions in Hagiga 15a that God allowed Metatron to sit down in his presence (which is unusual because others stood up in God’s presence to express their reverence for him) because Metatron is constantly writing: "...Metatron, to whom was given permission to sit down and write the merits of Israel."
Belinda Joubert, who calls Metatron "heaven's secretary" in her book Angel Sense, writes that the knowledge that Metatron is recording their choices may motivate people to make wise choices. "Metatron can help you to respect the power and impact of thought and to choose your thoughts with love and care," she writes.In her book The Secret World of Guardian Angels, Yvonne Seymour writes that guardian angels create an "Akashik record" (a mystical report) for each person on Earth which shows that person’s choices and the impact of those choices on the universe: "Though God the creator ultimately controls what is written, your guardian angel is responsible for writing and recording your Akashik record. … Some people mistakenly believe that they can act any way they want during their lives without consequence. Every deed is observed, evaluated, and recorded in the Akashik record. Life choices are weighed, and the Guardian Angel may change what is written at any given time."
Both Muslims and Sikhs believe that two angels work in teams to recording people's attitudes and actions.
The Qur’an says in chapter 82 (Al Infitar), verses 10-12: "But verily over you are appointed angels to protect you, kind and honorable, writing down your deeds: They know (and understand) all that you do." These two guardian angels are known as the Kiraman Katibin (honorable recorders). They pay attention to everything that people past puberty think, say, and do; and the one who sits on their right shoulders records their good choices while the angel who sits on their left shoulders records their bad decisions, says the Qur’an in Qaf 50:17-18.
Muslims believe that God considers the guardian angels’ records to help him decide each person’s fate after they die. If the angels’ records show that someone has made more good choices than bad, that person goes to heaven, but if a person has made more bad decisions than good and hasn’t repented for his or her sins, the person goes to hell.
In Sikhism, angels named Chitar and Gupat record the decisions of all people, with Chitar recording deeds that other humans see and Gupat recording deeds that are hidden to other people but known to God.
Grieving Bad Choices
Guardian angels feel sorrow when they must record sins that people commit, say believers. Saint Thomas Aquinas writes in Summa Theologica that "angels grieve for the ills of those whom they guard."
Celebrating Good Choices
On the other hand, guardian angels feel joyful when they get to record people's repentance from sin, believers say. Jesus Christ reveals in Luke 15:10 of the Bible that "there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."