Words from the Heart for Tuesday August 31st, 2021
Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NLT)
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While we often hear about Christian leaders who fail morally, throughout history there have been many more leaders who have led in a Christ-like way and who have been an example to other Christians about how to honour God and serve others. The Bible calls us to honour those whom God has called to lead. In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, the apostle Paul says, “Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.” Notice that Paul says we can honour leaders in two ways. First, we are called to show them respect and wholehearted love. Leaders carry a great responsibility to see the work of the Lord go forward and the kingdom of God expanded. Leadership isn’t easy and can be stressful. This leads to the second way we honour leaders – we live in peace with others. We assist leaders by living in peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ. How can you honour a Christian leader today?
These have been words from the heart.