LEARN TO ESTEEM LEADERS IN AUTHORITY!
And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves (1Thessalonians 5:12-13).
The word, “Esteem” simply means respect, honor and reverence given to someone who deserves it. Leaders in places of authority deserve respect, honor and reverence from their followers. The Bible says in the opening text that we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
Those that God has placed in authority to rule over His vineyard deserve double honor; they should be well respected and esteemed. No wonder the Bible says in 1 Timothy 5:17, “Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.” A Christian should never cultivate the habit of running down his leaders in authority. He should learn to criticize constructively with respect.
The reason why we need to esteem our leaders is because God has placed them in authority to rule and lead us accordingly. That is why the Bible says in Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” Whenever a Christian esteems leaders in authority, directly or indirectly he is obeying God’s injunction in the Bible.
Daily Tip: A Christian who learns to esteem his leaders in authority is obeying God’s injunction in the Bible. Shalom!
Golden Text: Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem (Philippians 2:29).
PRAYER: TAKE A WORSHIP SONG AS LED
- Thank God for today and about the Word of God you have just read.
- Humbly acknowledge your weakness and limitation before God.
- My Father! My Father! Give me the grace to esteem my leaders in authority all the days of my life in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
- Holy Spirit! I bind the spirit of disobedience and rebellion in my life forever in Jesus Christ Name! Amen.
- Pray generally as led by the Holy Spirit concerning your life, situations and challenges.
For Further Study: 1 Timothy 2. RBT: PS. 13-15.
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