Friday, August 28
The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those having authority over them are called Benefactors. You, though, are not to be that way.
Because of human imperfection, some of God’s sheep may be slow to understand what Jehovah expects of them. They may fail to take action that is in harmony with Scriptural counsel, or they may act in a way that indicates a lack of spiritual maturity. How are the elders to react? They should imitate Jesus’ patience with his disciples when they were preoccupied with the question of who among them would become the greatest in the Kingdom. Instead of losing patience with them, Jesus continued to teach his disciples and to give them loving counsel about manifesting humility. By washing their feet, Jesus provided an object lesson in humility, a quality that Christian overseers need to display.
Because of their utter blindness the Governing Body and the entire leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses are slow to understand what Jehovah expects of them. They have certainly failed to take action that is in harmony with the scriptural requirements for elders when it comes to protecting Jehovah’s sheep.