Devotional

Leading with Love

November 3rd, 2016 / Posted from Our Daily Bread / Category: Daily Devotionals

In his book Spiritual Leadership, J. Oswald Sanders explores the qualities and the importance of tact and diplomacy. “Combining these two words,” Sanders says, “the idea emerges of skill in reconciling opposing viewpoints without giving offense and without compromising principle.”

            During Paul’s imprisonment in Rome, he became the spiritual mentor and close friend of a runaway slave named Onesimus, whose owner was Philemon. When Paul wrote to Philemon, a leader of the church in Colossae, asking him to receive Onesimus as a brother in Christ, he exemplified tact and diplomacy. “Although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love. … [Onesimus] is very dear to me but even dearer to you, both as a fellow man and as a brother in the Lord”  (Phile. 8-9, 16).

            Paul, a respected leader of the early church, often gave clear commands to the followers of Jesus. In this case, though, he appealed to Philemon on the basis of equality, friendship, and love. “I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that any favor you do would not seem forced but would be voluntary” (v. 14).

            In all our relationships, may we seek to preserve harmony and principle in the spirit of love.



Related Posts

On-Air Now

  • Thru the BibleIncludes our Sunday Sermon program and our weekday "Thru the Bible" program takes the listener through the entire Bible in ...View PlaylistFriday, 8:30 pm-9:00 pm

Next 3 Shows

Upcoming Events

  1. Palomar Baptist Church Camp Meeting: Old Fashion Tent Revival

    July 19 - July 23
  2. Women’s Outreach Conference

    July 20 - July 22
  3. Friends In Christ Community Church Homecoming

    July 23 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  4. Special Service: The House of Prayer Morehead feat. Imani Milele Children’s Choir

    July 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  5. Faith & Family Night- Lexington Legends

    July 29 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

From our Facebook Feed