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Wednesday, May 30 Let the elders who preside in a fine way be considered worthy of double honor.​—1 Tim. 5:17.


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Wednesday, May 30

Let the elders who preside in a fine way be considered worthy of double honor.—1 Tim. 5:17.

 

Showing honor to those to whom it is due keeps us from becoming self-centered. It helps us to avoid having an inflated opinion of ourselves if some honor comes our way. It also keeps us in line with Jehovah’s organization, which refrains from giving humans—whether believers or unbelievers—excessive or undue honor. Moreover, it is the course of wisdom, helping us to avoid being stumbled if some human to whom we showed honor disappoints us. The most important benefit of giving proper honor to those to whom it is due is that we thereby please God. We act as he wants us to and thus maintain integrity to him. That contributes to making a reply to any who would try to taunt him. (Prov. 27:11) The world is full of people whose sense of how to bestow honor is distorted. We are truly grateful to know how to give honor Jehovah’s way. w17.03 1:13, 20, 21

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We show honor to those appointed by being obedient and yielding. Yes, they will make mistakes because they are imperfect, but we must always remain loyal to Jehovah’s arrangement. The Holy Spirit plays a vital role in the appointment of elders. When we think about it, our dedication and baptism meant that we recognize the authority in the congregation and we willingly submit to it because we can’t be faithful if we don’t cooperate with the elder arrangement. 
 

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