Thought for the day.
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
Picture: EDDIE BARFORD
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Oct 6, 2005|
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