A Faithful Under Shepherd
The Savior's manner of dealing with Peter had a lesson for him and his brethren. Remembering his
own weakness and failure, he was to deal with the sheep and lambs committed to his care as tenderly as Christ had dealt with him.
Human beings, themselves given to evil, are prone to deal untenderly with the tempted and the erring. They cannot read the heart; they know not its struggle and its pain. Of the rebuke that is love, of the blow that wounds to heal, of the warning that speaks hope, they have need to learn.
Those who occupy the position of undershepherds are to exercise a watchful diligence over the Lord's flock. This is not to be a dictatorial vigilance, but one that tends to encourage and strengthen and uplift. Ministry means more than sermonizing; it means earnest, personal labor.
The apostle exhorted the women in the faith to be chaste in conversation and modest in dress and deportment. It is right to love beauty and to desire it; but God desires us to love and seek first the highest beauty, that which is imperishable.
Peter continued, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.
1 Peter 1:22