Lately, as head of Christ Embassy, I’ve been describing the core features of a Christian leader. I’ve shared wisdom, understanding, vision, discretion, and duty should be carried by successful leaders. Now, I’d like to share about a quality that’s in the center of leaders that are powerful and in the heart of effective leadership.
The heart of a leader is stimulated by love for individuals under her or his duty. You need to genuinely adore the folks you’re leading to be a truly effective leader. Take into account the folks you would consider to be the best leaders you’ve personally encountered. You think of those who’ve illustrated commitment and a loving attention for you personally.
True love is a real motivator that makes leaders ready to sacrifice for the good of others. Among the most well-known verses in the Bible is this: “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shouldn’t perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, NKJV). The best sacrifice we could envision was founded on love. God so loved the world that He gave. When we love, though our sacrifice is just not great, we give as well.
Love originates action. Many times we find references to Jesus Mark told of an instance in which Jesus looked out over a variety of people and was “moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd” (Mark 6:34a). Jesus didn’t merely feel compassion for the folks; He was moved with compassion for them. His empathy moved Him to action so that “He began to teach them many matters” (Mark 6:34b). You see, authentic empathy causes you to take action concerning the demand when you see someone using a need.
I’m certain He saw people who weren’t perfect when Jesus looked out within the battalion. Yet, even though He saw sinners, He didn’t chastise them. Instead, He felt compassion for them, knowing that they had merely been led astray. Instead of calling them out for their problems, He determined to be the solution they desired. He started to teach the truth to them they so desperately lacked.
Whether or not they’re members of a work crew, your household, a ball team, or a Sunday school class, it’s important to look at them with love, not contempt. People come to me and say, “Pastor Chris, I need help.” When trying to meet their needs, I try to always reach beyond my own human flaws and a person on this Earth, and aspire to allow the spirit of Jesus to fill me. Look by way of a lens of love, even in the event you see faults inside them and determine to raise up them rather than beat them down. Be moved with compassion to meet their needs — do this, and you can never truly go wrong.