Bible Passage:1 Peter 5:3-4
nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
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Nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge. This is the character of those who rule willingly enough for honor's sake, in order that they may rise high, and become powerful tyrants. Therefore he admonishes them that they should not act as though the people were subject to them, so that they might be gentlemen and might do as they chose. For we have a Master, who is Christ, who rules over our spirits. The bishops are to do no more than feed the sheep. Here St. Peter has broken down and condemned all that domination which the pope maintains, and clearly determines that they do not rightly have power to give one word of additional command, but that they are to be only servants, and say: Thus saith Christ, your Master; therefore you are to do it. So Christ also speaks: "You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them, But it shall not be so among you." But being examples to the flock. That is, see to it that you go before them at their head, and exhibit such conduct that your life may be an example to the people, and they may follow after you.
So may they live to Thee alone;
Then hear the welcome word, "Well done!"
And take their crown above;
Enter into their Majesty's joy,
And all eternity employ
In praise, and bliss, and love.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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