“Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14
The ministers of the gospel are described by their work, which is to serve and honor the Lord. It is their duty not only to give good counsel but also to warn the flock of dangers, and reprove for whatever may be wrong or improper.
The people should honor and love their ministers because their business is the welfare of men’s souls. And the people should be at peace among themselves, doing all they can to guard against any differences.
Instead many and most ministers, especially among the more prominent are great decievers or are themselves greatly decieved. Don’t even get me started on celebrity preachers …
But love of peace must not make us wink at sin. The fearful and sorrowful spirits should be encouraged and a kind word may do much good.
We must bear and forbear. We must be long-suffering and keep down anger towards others. This is our greatest test of all …