• W. Austin Gardner

Good leaders are good forgivers



If you have not yet discovered this truth, you soon will. Pastors get hurt. They are unfairly criticized, wrongfully slandered, maliciously attacked, and often misunderstood! The ministry is sometimes a caustic environment. Hurting people hurt people, and often the pastor finds himself in the crosshairs—the object of scorn from the heart of a hurting person that he only tried to help.


And yet, the ministry has no place for resentment, bitterness, or anger. In fact, the quickest way to quench God’s work in your church is for you to harbor your pain. Good leaders are good forgivers (Ephesians 4:32; 2 Timothy 4:16).

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