I am posting this blog so the teens can catch up on what we did or remember the verses we shared together. I hope others enjoy the lesson as well. Remember, even if you ‘think’ someone understands you are ‘just’ kidding, their heart may be hurt or they may begin to believe what is thrown at them all the time. What do you want others to believe about themselves? What does God say about His children?
The event: Teen night … A time where we encourage the teens to minister one to another and make a difference in each others lives and our schools.
Object Lesson: Teens raced to drink Kool Aid through red licorice straws. The only thing was, we did not tell them that we didn’t sweeten the Kool Aid that they were drinking. When their drink was finished they had to chew their licorice up and they were the victor.
The message: Just like unsweetened Kool Aid, the bitterness of all the world has to throw at us is hard to swallow. It is hard to listen to and can effect those around us when we are a part of the problem.
Tearing down, harsh jesting, spite, gossip, slander do not produce goodness but is bitterness to others and often times it hurts more than we see with our eyes.
Scripture References: Bitterness- Just like unsweetened Kool Aid
I Thessalonians 5:11-14
But we have the word: Represented by sweet licorice. We must know who we are to Jesus. We must build ourselves up with the word. That we can eat of the fruit of the Lord, put in Good words in our mouths and be sweet to the world. With the word of God in our life and filling our lips we are victorious. We should be using those words to bless the atmosphere around us.
Scripture References for what GOD says- Sweet licorice
1 Corinthians 2 :16
Challenge this day my friends: Consider the words that pour from your mouth and strive to bless all those that have to hear them rather than tear them down or creating a bitter taste in the mouth.
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
( NLT )