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Thought for the day.

PAUL'S wise advice to the Thessalonians has these words: "Respect those who work among you and who preside over you in the Lord and admonish you." Anyone who has the privilege of leading God's people, of whatever faith, also carries the responsibility of putting them right when they have gone wrong.

Of course, people love to receive praise but nobody likes to be told off. Yet a wise parent knows when to praise and when to reprove.

Likewise, a good friend knows when to admonish someone and when to give a word of encouragement.

Faith leaders are to be respected, says Paul, because of the work they are doing for God. Part of that work is to act like a wise parent and a trusted friend and, in love, to correct any faults when they see them. It is a heavy responsibility to carry and perhaps for some it has proved too heavy.

There have been times when religious leaders have shirked that responsibility and not spoken out - to the detriment of others and their own faith. Paul would have us respect those leaders who know when to keep silent, when to admonish, and when to praise, and I agree with him. Don't you?

Rev Harry Ross, Vicar of St Luke, Walton

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2005
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