Likability or Respect?

October 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Several folks commented on the following section of my sermon yesterday on Hebrews13:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12 and 13, “Make Your Leaders’ Work a Joy!” I thought I would post it.

God calls his sheep to follow their shepherds by offering them due respect (1 Thessalonians 5:12, 13)

Verse 12 begins, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord….”; Paul continues with the same idea in verse 13, urging them “to esteem them very highly.”  This is where faithful following begins—with respect.  Nothing quenches the spirit of willing cooperation more than a lack of respect for those called to lead.  « Read the rest of this entry »

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