Today's encouragement comes from Luke 15:32, where we read these words:
"It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found."
There are some very appropriate times to rejoice, and celebrate. At the top of this list is the salvation of a soul. The older brother (in this "Prodigal Son" nar-rative) refused to party with his father, because he (the older son) could not accept the concept of grace and forgiveness. At heart, he was all about works, and self-righteousness.
May we be very glad when the Lord calls sinners to Himself and puts them in-to His church, through the grace-filled gospel of Christ; and may we renew our own love for and amazement at the God who does such wonderful things.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Love to Jesus Christ and believing in Jesus Christ fills the souls with joy and glory in this life.” —Christopher Love, in his sermon on Gal. 5:17]