Rev. Eghosa Alvin Osunde Speaks on Relationship especially as it relates to Ministers. Please share this post when you are done reading.
Child of God think on these things concerning relationships:
Relationship refers to the association, connection, interaction and bond between two or more people. There are many different types of relationships.
Our family are people we are bonded to through some form of kinship, whether it is through blood (Nuclear or extended) or marriage.
Some of our relationships (Friends, acquaintances, Pre-marital) with people predate our salvation. We dropped off any worldly influence as we got saved. And yet there are some unbelievers who can still relate with us even though they know we are saved. Though we “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time” (Col. 4:5).
Just as there are relationships we were born into. That’s family.
In Christ also we have a family. All those who believe Jesus Christ as the risen Lord and saviour are our family. We are one family in Christ regardless of denominational affiliations or doctrinal understanding. And therein lies the need for discernment in relationships. Irrespective of doctrinal persuasions, we teach honour and respect for the body of Christ.
Paul’s countrymen in the flesh had zeal but not according to knowledge, but that didn’t stop Paul from still communicating with them the Gospel. We are to be patient with people as we explain the details of the Gospel. Teaching ministry requires patience or should I say longsuffering. Hence repetition is key as Paul the Apostle taught us is not grievous but important in teaching.
Do we dishonour those who are not as knowledgeable as us in the doctrine of Christ. No and absolutely no. We respect people but NEVER what they say and preach when it’s wrong. We actively disregard wrong teaching. Scriptures say we esteem for the work sake, those who labor in teaching and preaching.
How do we discern and judge such?
Many presume it should be in our hearts?
No, no and no. It’s in our preaching, teaching and words. The Holy Bible is available to all and our commission is to teach men to observe the Words of Christ. So yes, it is a big deal to teach and preach soundly as admonished to throughout the Pastoral Epistles.
We have examples all through Scriptures of people in their words correcting errors by teaching or saying what is the truth. For example, see that Elihu didn’t discern or judge the 3 friends of Job (Bildad, Zophar, Eliphaz) and Job in his heart but spoke up, read from Job 32 to 37. He corrected their views. Elihu told us God doesn’t afflict or do wickedness.
The young must learn respect, courtesy, caution in speech on doctrinal issues but must discard being despised.
The church is a family. We don’t become mafias one to another. We bear one another up.
Galatians 5:15 KJV
 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
Be careful of the associations you keep. As a minister builds relationships on truth and conviction. Don’t because of wrong alliances begin to make sense of error and even defend it.
We all have people who are not as knowledgeable as us in the proper explanation of the Bible. But we still talk to them cos we just love them and have a strong connection with them built over time. We don’t like all they teach or that they haven’t seen the simplicity of what we teach to change. But we love them all the same. We pray for them, we still talk to them. Once in a while, we may even appreciate them, but discernment can differentiate between appreciation and recommendation.
But in all these never for relevance or platforms get into relationships that compromise your stand on the truth. If not you will find yourself lowering your standards. Let your love abound in all knowledge and discernment.
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