A dear minister friend shared how a protégé called him once and said she had a dream where an ant bit her on her breast. She wanted to talk to him. He simply referred her to his wife. Those were not conversations meant for him. 

The relationship between a minister and the people he leads can be one that has a huge emotional attachment. 

Think of Moses: He prayed that God should wipe out his own name from the Book of Life while that of the rebellious nation of Israel is retained. 

Moses went back to God and said, “This is terrible. This people has sinned—it’s an enormous sin! They made gods of gold for themselves. And now, if you will only forgive their sin. . . . But if not, erase me out of the book you’ve written.” Exodus 32:31 – 32 MSG 

However, a minister must also know that there are lines that he cannot cross. He must always take the pain to do what is right.

For we take thought beforehand and aim to be honest and absolutely above suspicion, not only in the sight of the Lord but also in the sight of men. 2 Corinthians 8:21 AMPC

You must not give room for the devil at all. If you give temptation grounds to thrive, you will soon start explanations that you would have avoided.

Paul warned Timothy: Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. 2 Timothy 2:22 NLT

Did you see that? Do not start hugging all the sisters in church under the guise of spiritual fathering. Do not start fires that you cannot quench or control. Beware! 

“For how can a man light his pants on fire and not be burned?” Proverbs 6:27 TPT

Dear one, please draw the line! 

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