Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 3:1-3, 8-13
Father I ask that those of us who wish to serve, who have been called to serve, who feel the presence over us to serve, do so with a full understanding of Your expectations. I pray that You touch the hearts and minds of those individuals who attempt to serve yet fail to take care of their moral responsibilities. I pray that You touch the hearts of those who fail to be faithful to their spouses or good managers of their family.
Curb my appetite for things I should not partake in. Strengthen me that I might always seek comfort in You and not in sinful activities. Turn me away from those things, places, and people that will only drag me to depths of darkness and despair.
Let me not be self-absorbed, self-centered, selfish, superficial and shallow. Let me see past vanity and insecurity, to see the beauty within myself and others always. Let me always respect others, as this same respect is what I also desire. I humbly pray this to You today Father. Amen.
You must live a respectful life to wear the medal of honor from God. You must treat others with dignity; be careful not to harm feelings, be remorseful when you do; refrain from harboring ill will, grudges, and a laundry list of wrongs committed against you; love fully and without backup plans; and never place your wants before the needs of those you love.
When you hurt someone keep a vow to never do harm again. Someone’s tears of pain and sorrow should never be something you are okay witnessing. If you control yourself you will never feel as though someone else is attempting or succeeding at controlling you. When you respect others you never have to fear losing respect. Put God first in all of your decision making, and watch how He makes things fall into their rightful place.
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