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Why cause grief?

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Why cause griefRead: Hebrews 13:17-19
Obey those who rule over you,…
for they watch out for your souls. v. 17

Pastors make an easy target for criticism. Every week they are on display, carefully explaining God’s Word, challenging us toward Christlike living. But sometimes we look to find things to criticize. It’s easy to overlook all the good things a pastor does and focus on our personal opinions.

Like all of us, our pastors are not perfect. So I’m not saying that we should follow them blindly and never confront error through the proper channels. But some words from the writer of Hebrews may help us find the right way of thinking about our leaders who are presenting God’s truth and modeling servant leadership. The writer says, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account” (13:17 Niv).

Think about that. Before God, our pastor is responsible for guiding us spiritually. We should want that burden to be joyous, not grievous. The passage indicates that causing grief for the pastor “would be of no benefit” (v. 17 Niv).

We honor God and make things better for our church when we give honor to those He has appointed as our leaders. — Dave Branon

Our gracious Father, thank You

for the person You led to our

church as pastor. May we provide

encouragement and support,

and may You protect our pastor

from error in both word and actions.

Pastors who preach

God’s Word need a good

word from God’s people.

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  • Francis Melorin

    but the question is who is truly our appointed spiritual leader/s – is it the catholics friars or the INC, the Protestants who have more or less hundreds of its denominations around the world?

    • I Believe In Jesus

      Good question! First, do I believe in the Bible? If so, then:

      1. God desires all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the TRUTH (1st TIMOTHY 2:4).
      2. Jesus said, “Sanctify them by truth. Your word IS TRUTH” (JOHN 17:17).
      3. The TRUTH of the Lord endures forever (PSALM 117:2).
      4. Jesus said, “If you abide in My word you are My disciples. And you shall KNOW THE TRUTH and the truth shall set you free” (JOHN 8:31:32).

      [This tells us that the Bible is truth. God desires all to come to a knowledge of the truth. The truth endures forever. The answer that you are looking for is found in the Bible. Therefore, just READ THE BIBLE (2nd TIMOTHY 3:16-17). Seek and you will find (MATTHEW 7:7)]

      • Francis Melorin

        I Am sorry but you have not answer my question squarely

        • I Believe In Jesus

          Did you read the Bible?