Probably the greatest thing I learned was the importance of celebrating one another. Birthday cakes abounded as one after another passed milestones of sobriety. I can’t find anywhere in God’s Word that we are to be crude with one another, rude to each other or bossy and insensitive. Nobody ever stood at the lectern and brow beat or bad mouthed the audience. Even in the discussion of right and wrong there was always a note of tenderness for everyone remembered that they all came from the same gutter into the light.
Oh beloved, you are so precious to God! He speaks kind words into your life as He woos you to come out of your darkness and into His Light. He knows everything about you and loves you all the more! His plans for you are good and kind and generous! He tenderly calls you today! No matter if you’ve missed the mark over and over, there’s still today and this day is fresh and new! Reach out for His Hand that is always extended to you in grace, mercy and peace! You are loved so much that you were worth dying for! Now run to the One Who rose again so that you can walk in newness of life!
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (NAS)
Psalm 119:11 Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I may not sin against You.
2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. (NAS)
Psalm 135:3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; celebrate His lovely name with music.
Lamentations 3:22-23 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.