1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (NKJV) 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.

Here we are given five commandments. The first commandment is to “recognize those who labor among you,” that is to recognize those who teach the Word of God. Why does Paul say this? It is because believers can have a bad attitude towards those who teach the Word of God. They may say to themselves, I know more than him or her, so how could he or she teach me? It is because of this attitude that very few believers actually take to heart the message that is given by the pastor or minister of any church. Their bad attitude towards the teachers God has given them prohibits them from paying attention to what God wants them to learn. This is why Paul tells us that every born-again believer has been given certain gifts from God, and among these are the gifts of teaching and preaching. And we should recognize those who God has ordained to teach and preach His Word. If you believe that the Bible is the Word of God, then listen when it is being taught. Because every believer is obligated to know what the Word of God says. Therefore, every person who goes to church should pay attention to what is being taught by those whom God had ordained to teach and preach His Word. The second commandment is to respect those who God has placed in authority over you. Meaning respect the pastor or minister who God has given you. The third commandment is to look to the pastor or minister for admonishing. The fourth commandment is “to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake.” And the fifth commandment is “Be at peace among yourselves.” How is peace in the church achieved? It is by obeying the preceding four commandments.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.