Appreciation and Love

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I Thessalonians 5:13 MSG, “And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!

When was the last time you called, text’d or emailed your pastor, mayor, governor or president to tell them you appreciate them and love them? I daresay I’ve only done it to our pastor, I’ve never sent a letter or email to anyone in public office. The truth is, we have a hard time encouraging and showing appreciation when we don’t agree with what they’re doing. But that’s not what the Word says, is it? It says to overwhelm them with appreciation and love. Wow, that’s a hard pill to swallow for most of us.

We are to honor those in authority over us, in any office! Our supervisor, our bosses, our husbands, our parents, yes, even our president. You may not of voted for him and may not agree with his methods or stance on subjects, but it does NOT take away from the honor God tells us to give. You don’t have to agree to honor. You don’t have to agree to show appreciation and love. I’d also like to point out that praying for does not mean what most of us think. We don’t pray that they will die, or that God would strike them down. No, we pray that the love of God would surround them, that they are open to the Holy Spirit and His leading. That God will open the eyes of their understanding and give them dreams and visions that will help them lead the country, business or home that they’ve been given to lead.

The only thing we accomplish by complaining and speaking evil of our leaders is that we open the door for the things we speak against them to come back on us. If THAT doesn’t make you stop and think before you speak, I don’t know what will. Remember the children of Israel when they were wandering in the wilderness? They spoke against Moses and God opened the earth and swallowed them up. You can’t murmur and complain and expect the blessing of God to come into your life. Lets be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Stop voicing your disagreement with what they’re doing and pray that they be filled with the wisdom and favor of God.

Father, forgive me for complaining. Thank you for reminding me again to treat others as I want to be treated, giving honor to everyone in authority, not just those I like. I pray for my president. I ask that Your wisdom be in him and on him. May he look to You and seek Your face. Surround him with wise people, those who know You and know Your name and Your power. Father I humble myself before You, my great leader and Father. Forgive me for my sin of dishonor and forgive the sins of my nation, for I have sinned against you. Forgive any dishonor I have shown toward those you’ve placed over me. I speak blessing and favor over my president, my governor, my mayor, my pastors, my boss, my parents and my husband. Open doors for them. Cover them with Your wings and protect them from the evil one. I thank you for Your great grace and mercy to forgive and cleanse me from all unrighteous thoughts and words. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

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