and to esteem them very highly with love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. Bible

“esteem them very highly with love.” Believers are to esteem their leaders very highly. Paul is expressing to the Thessalonians the need to regard their leaders very highly, and that this is to be done, “with love.” The Greek phrase, “with love” is literally “in love,” meaning “in connection with love,” that is that the esteem with which the believers are to hold their leaders is to be connected with and based in love, not simply based in the authority or position in the Church that the leader has. Reciprocally, the leaders are to lead in love and not use their position as a “bully pulpit” to direct and control the believers.

Commentary for: 1 Thessalonians 5:13