Love God Most~ Way 2
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.
1 Thessalonians 5:12,13
I came across the following quote the other day and it has settled firmly into my heart.
“We love others best when we love God most” ~ Kyle Idleman
As I have contemplated this truth that is really straight from scripture, it has resonated more and more with my soul.
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:37,38
If we want to appreciate our pastors, we must first love our God. When we love God most, our love for others will be the best it can be. When we allow God’s character to impact all of our choices and decisions, we will no longer lean on our own understanding, we will be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry and our mouths will speak out of the overflow of our hearts.
On Day 1 of this series, 31 Ways to Appreciate Your Pastor, we established that we should seek to appreciate our pastors not simply because it is a nice thing to do, but because it is a command in scripture. The best way to do this is to love God most.
If you are struggling to appreciate your pastor, focus on loving God. If appreciating your pastor is an easy thing for you to do, focus on loving God.
Way 2: The best way to appreciate your pastor is to love God most.
For all post in the 31 Ways to Appreciate Your Pastor series, go here.