Understanding Your Pastor

Understanding Your Pastor
There will be times when:
• You will not understand or agree with a decision he must make.
• He must be willing to be misunderstood or misjudged in your eyes because he cannot divulge certain confidences.  You see the part.  He sees the whole.
• The only thing you have to go on is faith in God and in your Pastor’s integrity to do the right thing.  It is a matter of trust.
• Because of providential circumstances, He will not be able to do some things you would expect him to.
• His love for your family should not be put on trial because of perceived oversight on his part in a particular matter.
• His forbearance of you will out-weigh your forbearance of him.
• He will be the first to forgive and the last to be forgiven.
• His family is suffering silently with him in a certain matter while others suffer openly and receive necessary reassurances.
• He will not ask you to sacrifice in a matter that he has not sacrificed in already.
• Your burdens are on his heart while he is riding down the road, awake in the middle of the night, working at his desk, knocking on someone else’s door, walking down a hospital stairwell, listening to the choir sing, playing with his children, or at any other place at any other time of any other day.
“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour
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.
And be at peace among yourselves.”
I Thessalonians 5:12, 13
–Tim Cruse

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