12 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another (1 Thessalonians 5).
So, how do pastors and congregants in any church “live in peace with one another?” We’ve looked at the pastor’s job, now let’s look at the congregation’s. They must “appreciate” all the work their pastor does on their behalf; they must hold him in high “esteem” for the man of God that He is; and they must “love” him with and unconditional love whenever he falls short.
It is difficult for pastors to deal with snide remarks referring to his “only working on Sundays,” or stubborn rebuffs as if his teaching and instruction have no bearing on them, or harsh words and actions because he is not perfect in everything he says and does.
Lord, help us This Day to do better at appreciating, esteeming, and loving our pastors. Amen.