You masters, act on the same [principle] toward them and give up threatening and using violent and abusive words, knowing that He Who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no respect of persons (no partiality) with Him.” Ephesians 6:9 AMP
The masters in this picture symbolizes the leaders of our time, for example leaders in different denominations in Christ Jesus. The word of God admonish us not to abuse the authority given to us by God to lead His people. How do we abuse authority? We abuse authority when we start manipulating and controlling people lives and also putting rules and regulations which have nothing to do with God’s word or plan and purpose for His people.
When we practice this as leaders is a sign of weakness and faithlessness on our part towards God because we are relying on our ability to change the lives of people whom only God can change. And is also a sign that we ourselves are not submitting to God Almighty that’s why we trusted in the arm of flesh to transform the people.
I warn and counsel the elders among you (the pastors and spiritual guides of the church) as a fellow elder and as an eyewitness [called to testify] of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a sharer in the glory (the honor and splendor) that is to be revealed (disclosed, unfolded): Tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is [your responsibility], not by coercion or constraint, but willingly; not dishonorably motivated by the advantages and profits [belonging to the office], but eagerly and cheerfully; Not domineering [as arrogant, dictatorial, and overbearing persons] over those in your charge, but being examples (patterns and models of Christian living) to the flock (the congregation). And [then] when the Chief Shepherd is revealed, you will win the conqueror’s crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:1-4 AMP
Let’s pray together:
Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Word. Help me as Your leader not to use Your authority invested in me as an instrument of malice towards my brethren. But help me to keep trusting in You and submitting to you even as I delegate authority in Jesus Christ mighty name. Amen.