Advice in Ministry

"The love that we need for ministry is not a natural ability; it's a supernatural quality that only God can provide. When the people we serve irritate us or disappoint us, the first thing we usually do is pray for them and tell the Lord to change them. What we ought to do first is pray for ourselves and ask God to increase our love."
"When difficulties come, our tendency is to pray for deliverance instead of growth. We ask the Lord, 'How can I get out of this?' instead of 'What can I get out of this?' When we do that, we miss the opportunities God gives us to develop spiritual maturity... You'll meet problem people and problem situations wherever you go, so make up your mind to expect them, accept them, and let God use them in your life."

- Warren Wiersbe, On Being A Servant of God.

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