Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Leadership (Part 16)
Peaceable And Gentle
The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
James 3:17 (NKJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
Consider three 20th century leaders: Mahatma Gandhi (India), Martin Luther King, Jr. (America) and Nelson Mandela (South Africa). They were peaceable, gentle and meek men: The dictionary defines meek as 'Showing patience and humility; gentle' (American Heritage). I define meek as strength under control.
Each faced cruel prejudice and overwhelming odds. Each fought for freedom and won. Each met hatred with love, bondage with patience, and war with peace. As their nations began to change, fame overtook them. Yet they remained servants to their cause: extraordinarily unusual leaders.
Now consider their Predecessor: Jesus described Himself as 'Gentle and humble in heart' (Matthew 11:29).
He redefined love: 'For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life' (John 3:16).
He redefined hate: 'Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him' (1 John 3:15).
He redefined bondage: 'You are slaves of the one you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness' (Romans 6:16).
He redefined patience: 'Do you think I cannot call on My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?' (Matthew 26:53-54). 'He continued in subjection to them' (Luke 2:51).
He redefined war: 'But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you' (Matthew 5:44).
He redefined peace: 'Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives' (John 14:27).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you are called to be 21st century leaders: leaders that don't look like the world, but leaders who look like Jesus.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.