respectable, 1 Timothy 3:2e

People may not like you or your beliefs, but they can certainly respect you. There is a flip side to that as well: they can agree with your beliefs (and be a fellow believer) but not respect you. Respect, of course, is earned. The pastors I’ve known have been respectable, well-liked individuals and have had good favor in the communities they’ve lived in. It’s the way it should be.

Evidently Paul thought this was a characteristic that needed to be included in this list because many had acquired some sort of reputation where they lived.

Pray for your pastor that he will be faithful to the Word of God and maintain a healthy relationship with people in his community.

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