Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
"In showing honor to one another take the lead." (Romans 12:10)
Brothers who hold responsible positions in the congregation should set the example—"take the lead"—in showing honor to those under their oversight. In that regard, ones with weighty responsbilities do well to follow the example set by Paul. (1 Thessalonians 2:7, 8) The brothers in the congregations Paul visited knew that he would never ask them to do things that he himself was unwilling to do. Paul showed respect for fellow believers, and in turn he earned their respect. When Paul said: "I entreat you, therefore, become imitators of me," we can be sure that many willingly responded because of his fine example. (1 Corinthians 4:16) Another way in which a responsible brother shows respect for those under his oversight is by giving them reasons for the requests he makes or the directions he gives. By doing so, he imitates Jesus.—Matthew 9:37, 38; 24:42.
(Watchtower issue: 10/15/08, 4:7, 8)