The Power of Encouragement and Love
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Delivered By
Pastor Jonathan McGary
Delivered On
May 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM
Central Passage
Matthew 22:37-39
What I Have Noticed Ch. 13

Hey Y’all this is Jonathan McGary, Pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist.

And this is another edition of “What I have noticed”

Today is Friday, May 15,  and as you may or may not be aware, yesterday may oldest son had to have emergency surgery yesterday.  I mention that now, only because, it was that fact, in large part at least that caused many of you to call me, text me, or message me, so that you could encourage me.

And do you know what I noticed?

It feels good to be encouraged!

Now, everyone needs a little encouragement every now and then.  Some more so than others. But we all need encouragement.  

I have never considered myself a person who needs many pats on the back or words of encouragement, but none the less it felt good to have people encourage me.

Encouraging others is something we should all be doing. 

Especially in todays climate we need encouragement more than ever.  

Yet, it today’s social media, Covid-19 and politically charged culture, it seems that more and more we find people, even good, descent people, tearing each other down, instead of building each other up.  

Especially troublesome is the vitriol that we find being demonstrated from professing Christians and church members.  

It seems we find more hate and anger being expressed than we do love, encouragement and kindness.  

When I read my Bible, I don’t find any instructions, advisement, or command, to be hateful, hurtful, or mean spirited with out words or actions.  

What we do find is that when Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he said this in Matthew 22:37-39:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

And in case you are wondering who he meant by neighbor, he meant everyone.  

He meant those that look like you, and have the same skin color and those who don’t or have a different skin color

Those who think like you and those who don’t

Those who act like you and those who don’t

Those who are in the same economic class as you and those who are not.

Those who speak the same language as you and those who don’t

Those who vote for the same politicians and political Ideology, and those who don’t.

Those who have the same religious or faith views as you, and those who don’t.

If we are going to be obedient Christians there are certain things that are true.

We certainly are not going to agree with everyone about everything but we do have to learn to love others and get along.

We don’t have to agree about whether to wear face mask or gloves, but we do have to love one another and get along.

We don’t have to agree about whether to say at home or go back to “normal” but we do have to love one another and get along.

We don’t have to vote for the same people or party, but we must still get along. 


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