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Encourage your pastor



'Honour...your leaders in the Lord's work.' 1 Thessalonians 5:12 NLT

God's Word says: 'Encourage one another and build each other up' (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV) - and that includes encouraging and building up our pastors and leaders. In fact, the verse straight after says: 'Honour those who are your leaders in the Lord's work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance' (1 Thessalonians 5:12 NLT).

First up, we need to stop criticising. If a particular sermon doesn't speak to us, it might just be that somebody else needed to hear it. It's not all about us. If we go to church expecting to be given something, we'll probably be disappointed. Pastors can't meet everyone's needs - they are not God. We need to be going to church with an open heart and asking God to speak to us, whatever the topic of the sermon. Secondly, we need to be praying for our pastors. They work on the frontline of the Kingdom, sharing God's Word every week. They face struggles, temptations, exhaustion and stress just like the rest of us. We can use our gifts and skills to help the pastor, and the church, out: whether that's offering to put the chairs out, using our musical gifts in the worship team, or inviting people round for a meal.

Let's stop speaking negatively about our leaders. Let's be people who counter negative talk with positive comments, and who correct misinformation with truth. Let's be encouraging and build up our leaders.

So what now? Write or email a letter to your pastor, encouraging them and thanking them for what they do.

Soulfood: Eph 5:21-33, S of S 2:1-7, Ps 45, Pro 5:15-19

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