A very good Pastor friend of mine has been sending out articles on Leadership. I have found them to be thought provoking and challenging. If we were to look at the greatest Christian leader of all history, Jesus Christ, and then look at the very essence of His teachings; we would find love for ourselves and love for each other.
Galatians 5:14 New International Version (NIV); “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
To be a true and effective Christian leader, we must arrive at a point in our life where we realize the importance of compassion, forgiveness and love. Jesus Christ had compassion for others.
Matthew 9:36-38 New International Version (NIV); “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”
Mark 1:40-41; “A lepercame to Him begging Him, and kneeling he said to Him, ‘If You choose, You can make me clean.” Moved with compassion, Jesusstretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!”
Jesus Christ did not go about His work from a mere sense of duty or obligation. His compassion for others drew Him towards them. His very deeds of compassion cost Him much…His life! Jesus could not look upon others misery and pain without feeling it Himself.
Jesus taught us the importance of Love. He loved unconditionally. We may never be able to love as Christ loved, but He wants us to love one another. Just that simple, forget everything else and love. Jesus Christ does not want to live in a heart filled with resentment and hate.
John 13:34-35; “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Are we slow to forgive others out of personal pride? Are we slow to forgive the “unforgivable”? What would Jesus do? What would Jesus tell us?
Matthew 5:44-45; “I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Nobody said being more Christ-like was easy, it certainly wasn’t for Christ.
Romans 5:8; “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Bill Davis