I am studying the book of Philippians, and while reading and re-reading it this verse really 'grabbed' me. Paul, right after his initial introduction, wrote about how thankful he was upon every remembrance of the Philippian church. I know that Paul was not the pastor of this church (he salutes the pastors and deacons in verse 1). But he is an apostle and an evangelist (missionary). He thanks God upon remembering them. They had such a faith and a testimony that God's man would be so thankful just remembering them.
I know I would like to have the kind of testimony that brings joy to my pastor. I AM NOT advocating man-worship, far from it. I just want to leave you with a question...
Do you have that kind of a testimony that when God's man thinks about you, he can't help but say "Thank you, Lord for - -?" Do you?
I honesty feel my answer to your question would be "NO". It would be more likely they pray they (the whole pastoral staff) could forget the nightmare, that I am then the joy that I bring.
Change is possible! Thanks for commenting.
I'm sorry, I see no reason to change for my pastor. Maybe for the Lord, but not for man.
I think I agree with you, but you must know that your relationship with God will affect your relationship with man. We are called to love our neighbors second to loving God, among other things.
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