Consider three 20th century leaders: Mahatma Gandhi (India), Martin Luther King, Jr. (America) and Nelson Mandela (South Africa).
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 servant-leaders to their cause.
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: 'He continued in subjection to them' (Luke 2:51).
He redefined war: 'But I say to you, love your enemies...' (Matthew 5:44).
He redefined peace: '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.
## Leadership Series: Peaceable & Gentle (Part 16)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.