A few pastoral counsels…

(NOTE: These were written for pastors, but their application for us is appropriate. I’ve bracketed ways to apply for all)

(James Meikle, 1730-1799)


“Watch your life and doctrine closely!” 1 Timothy 4:16

Do not pretend a ‘show of sanctimony’ before men.

Whatever else you read, read a double portion in God’s Word.

Seek not great things for yourself. Seek not great fame, great applause, great comforts, or a great income.

Consider the preciousness of souls, the value of salvation, the terrors of the Almighty, the solemn day of judgment, and your own utter inability. Then you shall have no vain confidence, but depend on God alone.

Set your affections on things above–so shall spiritual things be your delight, and not your burden.

In company, always study to say something for edification.
In this way, you preach every day–as well as on Sundays. [how we model Jesus in our lives daily…not just on Sunday]

Be much with God in secret–so shall God be with you in public.

Have sympathetic feelings with the sufferings of all your flock [friends/family], and especially embrace those golden opportunities–sickness and affliction.

Let your life be consistent with your message [what you speak to others].
What you preach [hear] on Sunday–practice through the week.

“Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

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