Do not be tyrants

Do not be tyrants

“The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: [2] Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof , not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; [3] Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:1-3 KJV

A word to you elders of the church

Feed the flock of God which is among you

Not by constraint, but willingly;

  • care for it willingly, not grudgingly;

Not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind

  • not for what you will get out of it, but eager to serve the Lord.

Not as being lords over God’s heritage, but as examples to the flock.

  • don’t be tyrants, but lead them by your good example.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: [7] Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. [8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: [9] Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:6-9

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:10-11

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