This week we will be looking at Paul’s letter to the church at Thessalonica. Chapter 5:11-28 was to counsel and comfort the church. Paul’s purpose in writing these verses was to encourage the Thessalonians to live holy lives. Today we are looking at verses 12 and 13.
Know and esteem (V 12-13)
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
Paul wants the believers to know their Pastors. Those who daily teach, preach, encourage, admonish, and pray for them. In Paul’s day, as in ours, there are many false teachers among us. Paul wanted to make sure that the believers were not being led astray. This should be every believers concern. The only way to know your Pastor is to know what he preaches. If he preaches messages contrary to God’s written word, the Bible, FLEE, for he is a false teacher. The standard is God’s word.
The man of God, who does preach God’s word, should be highly esteemed. We as believers should hold up, take care of, pray often for, and support these Godly men. Many church goers never have a kind word for their preacher. We need to thank them for standing for the truth. We should make sure they have a nice home, food on the table, clothes worthy of their calling, and a good atmosphere for their families.
What discourages a Pastor the most is the infighting within the body of believers. Paul tells the Thessalonians to be at peace among themselves. Love is the key. We are to love one another. So many passages in the Bible speak about love.
To conclude Paul counsel is to “…know them that labor among you…”, “…esteem them highly in love…” and “…be at peace among yourselves.”
This is good advice for us today.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001