Celebration is a way of giving
When we come to recovery and hear the requirements of God’s law we can get depressed as we realise how far away from the mark we are. But in the reading below we are told to be filled with joy because this day is holy. We are told to celebrate and to give to those less fortunate than ourselves.
Celebration of what God has done in our lives should not be self-centered. It should be connected to giving. By giving to someone less fortunate than ourselves we also give them something to celebrate.
Giving to others strengthens us ansd fills us with spiritual joy.
Tomorrow night at the Bentleigh Salvation Army, 87 Robert St, Bentleigh there will be a celebration of joy as they launch there ‘Celebrate Recovery’ at 7:00pm. You may be thinking I don’t need recovery but the Bible tells us ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ and need recovery from SIN.
If you live in Melbourne Metro and are interested in investigating what God can do for you on a personal level come along and join us! I’ll be there.
Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”