12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. (1 Thessalonians 5:12–13, NKJV)
When was the last time you made it a point to commend the elders of your congregation? They labor among you, watching out for your soul (Heb. 13:17). They deserve to be honored for their faithful work. Moreover, they are to be esteemed highly in love because of their work. Being an elder in a church ought not be a thankless job, or one where criticisms and complaints arise to disrupt peace. While the elders do their God-given work, let the brethren yield to their oversight, heed their admonitions and lovingly esteem them for the work they do. God be thanked for godly, diligent elders and brethren who recognize them as a blessing from God.