Assembled with the realization that most pastors are overworked and underappreciated
1. Choose to respect your pastors. “And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you” (1 Thess. 5:12). Carefully avoid any thought, comment, or action that might be taken as disrespect, especially something in the form of a joke. Appreciate that they are sacrificially serving Christ and others. Recognize that God has placed them in a position of responsibility for which they must give account unto the Lord, leading the flock and encouraging your growth and activity in the Lord.
2. Choose to love your pastors with an unconditional love. “Esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake” (v. 13). Address them with love and respect for their office, using “Pastor” or another scriptural form. Express to them your appreciation for their work for the Lord, for their dedication to His service, and for their sacrificial efforts to accomplish God’s work.
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