The other day at church, I was surprised by a potluck day to show appreciation to our church’s two pastors during Pastor Appreciation Month. It was so amazing and I felt so loved and positive about the work I have done at Court Drive. Which got me thinking about the idea of appreciation, which is something we hardly show in our culture. We take so much of our time trying to receive appreciation by being seen by others, but we need to show others love and appreciation for what it is they do.

Our goal as the body of Christ and the church is to “encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing” (1 Thes 5:11 NRSV). When we speak to each other we are to speak to build each other up. We are to supposed to not let any “evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up” (Eph 4:29). Finally, the writer of Proverbs tells us that “Rash words are like sword thrusts,¬†but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (12:18).

So as I try to end my youth sermons, I am going to challenge you with homework to apply. Try to do this for a week, it is small and simple. Brothers and sisters, for the next week try to daily speak words of life and love to one person intentionally every day and avoid words of hate.

I love you guys, and so does Jesus. I hope you continue to long for this water, and continue to drink from it as well. Until next time, blessings to you and your family,

Josh Gentry

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