Sunday, May 06, 2007

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 --- Respect & Peace

12Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.

At times, we will have disagreement with others regarding the things of God. But we cannot allow these disagreements to create an environment of disrespect. We must handle these situations with care and love. This does not meen that we should compromise our convictions. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to present our deep convictions and things which we are convinced of. These passages admonish us to approach them with respect and in love. This will create an environment of peace. Not necessarily complete agreement, but peace nontheless.

Lord, thank you for this word of encouragement to treat others with love and respect. Especially others in ministry with me who may have differing views. Help me to respect those who are over me and who are serving you in spirit and truth. May I be a man of peace and a man who holds others in high regard. Help me also to share my passion for you and heart-felt convictions in love.


BMorgan said...

Good Post! But it is definitely hard to show love/respect when others (church leaders) are not showing love/respect in return. If it happens, to what extent should we submit to this??

Eric Jones said...

Good question. However, I don't see where this charge is conditional on the actions of the other party. While this can be a definate challenge when this occurs, it is our calling as followers of Christ.

BMorgan said...

Sure, it is our calling as followers of Christ. But I bet there are some exceptions depending on the circumstances. And in these situatons I believe that we can have healthy boundaries as Christians and not be "doormats" in our relationships where we are not receiving love/respect.

Just trying to heat up your blog:)