THE UNCERTIFIED PRIEST
Waking up to lead others,
Being a godly example to others,
Teaching what he has learnt from God to others,
Accurately dividing the word of truth to others,
Upright in his dealings,
Father o! Father.
A father that learnt from another Father,
He cannot explain his ways with a maid,
You must leave your father,
Cleave to your wife,
You must know she is your helpmeet,
You must provide for her not to be an infidel,
You must love your wife,
You must be faithful to your covenant with your wife,
You must dwell with her according to knowledge,
You must give honour unto her,
You must not be bitter against her,
You must know that you are both heirs of grace,
She is your partner to answered prayers.
You must not make your children angry,
You must nurture your children,
You must not discourage them
You must admonish your children in the Lord.
You must not grieve the Spirit of God,
You must be given to hospitality,
You must not be given to wine,
You must not be greedy,
You must not be corrupt,
You must be peaceable,
You must be able to lead your family,
Your must have good report of outsiders.
By all these,
You must be an uncertified Priest,
Priest that must preside,
Till the President of the family returns,
When we would all be a family.
Excerpts from verses of the Bible: Proverbs 30:19, Malachi 2:14-16, I Cor 7:3-6, I Tim 3, Ephesians 5:25-29, I Peter3:7, Titus 2:6-8, Colossians 3:19
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