Sheep Bite

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If we get close enough to love someone, then we are close enough to get hurt. Remember that while we are tending to people’s felt needs and seeking to meet their real ones, we will get bit.

Be careful when shepherding

As Big “P” Pastors on the staff of the church and small “p” pastors in the congregation of the church, Jesus said…

“Feed My Sheep”

Regardless of your job or employer, we are all called to feed sheep at work, home and in-between.  So here are some tips on shepherding. 

Human beings are actually quite similar to sheep.  First of all, they are always hungry.  Secondly, they wander away following their appetites.  Thirdly, they can get lost.  Fourthly, sheep bite. 

As shepherds of people, we are surprised when people bite.  We get surprised, feel the pain and get mad.  The natural thing is to either bite back or walk away, vowing never to feed sheep again. 

Feeding sheep has to be a labor of love.  If we get close enough to love someone, we are close enough to get hurt.  Remember that while we are tending to people’s felt needs and seeking to meet real needs, we will get bit.  They will draw blood, and that will earn us a red badge of courage. 

Therefore, we need to employ “agape” love.  It’s the kind of love that is a decision we make in the best interest of the person whom we are loving.  It is not because of how lovely, loving or lovable other people are, but rather it is Christ loving each and every one of them through us. 

Consider this “operational definition” of love––that is––what it looks like in action . . .

Love  is patient, love is kind and is not jealous;
love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;
it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails…   1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love never fails, but we can fail to love.  May it never be our failure to love––no matter how often we get bit. 

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