Lead Well: Let Love Be Seen

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. [‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-7‬]

We read these words and the familiarity of them can cause them to lose their power. But they must not.

Love is the difference. 

More than gifting, more than position, more than anything we may consider important, love has to be evident. It has to become more visible ~ in our marriages, our family, our homes, in our teams, our churches, and between leaders.

Love reveals itself in a whole bunch of simple way so that we become people who are…

patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not arrogant, not rude, not insistent on our particular way, not irritable, not someone who resents, not keep records of wrong, truthful, enduring all things. 

How about taking an inventory on how we love? In every sphere of life, leader or not, how is our love quotient? On those characteristics above how would we score ourselves out of 10? Where is there a need for honesty and improvement?

Let love be an evident fruit of the Spirit in our life which causes others to comment. Not a soppy romantic love but a strong, resolute love. Something which remains regardless of what’s going on around us. And not so we can boast either, except to recognise the work God is doing in our life  as we choose to live by the Spirit and not according to the flesh.

I would love to hear what you think…

God Loves Me (And You)

Just stop whatever you are doing at meditate on this. I mean it, just put everything down and pause for a few moments. Amidst the good and the bad of your life direct your thoughts towards this sentence and stay there for a while.

He (God) has dealt bountifully with me.

He (God) has dealt bountifully with you.

He has been liberal in bestowing me with gifts.
He has been liberal in His favour towards me.
He has been generous in all things for me.

He has been abundant in His dealings with me.

The challenge comes when I only look at things from my perspective and forget to look at things from Gods. It is at these times when I can get caught up in how I feel, by what I don’t have what I want, thinking nothing is changing, that  I need more of something, that God is just not paying attention to all that’s going on around me.

Instead I must lift my head upwards. I have to choose to look at all that God has done. For all His goodness that is demonstrated in so many small ways. To see how inspire of me, God loves me. That He HAS dealt bountifully with me.

That puts a smile on my face. How about you?

Act Loving First

It is easier to act our way into feelings than feel our way into actions.

Over these next few days as we remember the ultimate action of love demonstrated by Jesus towards us let’s reflect this in our interactions towards others.

We won’t always ‘feel’ like loving others. Even Jesus asked for what was about to come his way to be taken from him. Yet he ‘chose’ to love us. We won’t feel our way into loving others. Instead we have to act our way into loving others by doing something that demonstrates a love for them.

We need to learn to communicate well, giving words of encouragement and affirmation. Choose to appreciate rather than criticise.

We need to learn to empathise with others and see things through their eyes. Don’t judge another persons way of handling something just because you would deal with it differently.

We need to look for opportunities to meet a need. We can’t wait for them to fall from the sky, go find them. Everybody has needs.

We need to be willing to share ourselves and make more connections. This is when love actions just become a way of life. This is about loving others beyond convenience or no cost involved.

Act first. Act loving towards others first. Who knows what might happen.