Ministers, Should Not Be
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not given to excesses from wine, not a striker, but mild, not addicted to contention, not fond of money,
shepherd the flock of God which is among you, exercising oversight, not by necessity, but willingly; not for base gain, but readily;
For the overseer must be free from all charge against him as God's steward; not headstrong, not passionate, not disorderly through wine, not a striker, not seeking gain by base means;
But we have rejected the hidden things of shame, not walking in deceit, nor falsifying the word of God, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every conscience of men before God.
For do I now seek to satisfy men or God? or do I seek to please men? If I were yet pleasing men, I were not Christ's bondman.
but even as we have been approved of God to have the glad tidings entrusted to us, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who proves our hearts.
every way afflicted, but not straitened; seeing no apparent issue, but our way not entirely shut up; persecuted, but not abandoned; cast down, but not destroyed;
as grieved, but always rejoicing; as poor, but enriching many; as having nothing, and possessing all things.
No one going as a soldier entangles himself with the affairs of life, that he may please him who has enlisted him as a soldier.