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No one is as compassionate as CHRIST JESUS and it will take our life to grow into being one who is compassionate rather than one who exhibits compassion from time to time. A compassionate leader does not pick and choose who to be compassionate with nor does a compassionate leader only show compassion when they are having a good day. A compassionate leader must meet the needs of his or her people. When we show others our compassion for them they are more apt to follow us. We must learn or recall that genuine compassion towards others is a motivator in others.

I am hard-wired from birth to lead rather than to follow. Yet, there were and still are many things that I must learn to continue to be an effective leader not only in life but in my life in the gospel of CHRIST JESUS. I still have that irritating feeling within when my perception of others seems to wonder how is it that they are not equipped to know basic things in life or have a basic education as old as they are. I still feel that sense of irritation when I do not see people using basic common sense. But I am always reminded by the words of my godmother who is now asleep in the LORD that we are not to assume that those we are coming in contact with have learned those things that we believe to be basic knowledge. Have compassion and just be a gentle helper to those in need. I used to hate hearing those words from her, however, it finally got a hold of me and though inwardly I still feel that rumbling of irritation based on my worldly perception I override that with compassion.

Mark 6:34;When I look out or on the people in my travels I now not only see their humanness/humanity but am reminded that I too am human and in this I exercise by choice to be and to show kindheartedness/kindliness/kindness, mercy, pity, soft-heartedness, and warm-heartedness just to name a few. I want to build a rapport with people, I want to be sensitive and understanding toward them, after all, I am not a genius and I still make mistakes. As a leader in life and as a leader in the gospel of CHRIST JESUS I cannot afford to be lack in any of these qualities and I must possess the will to grow in them.

As a CHRISTian filled with CHRIST JESUS and knowing that everyone that I meet is not one who knows/believes that they are forgiven and loved by the FATHER through CHRIST JESUS, it is understood that they are sheep without a shepherd.

Those who are in leadership roles must pray not only for themselves but for other leaders that they lead and command with compassion as a shepherd does with his or her sheep. Sheep/people who do not have a compassionate leader are scattered here and there.

The LORD GOD has a plan for HIS own people and that is that HE alone is able and willing to save HIS people. HE has sent to us HIS Holy Spirit who is our teacher of all things good and holy which will give us direction in the way that we are to go. Be the type of leader that people want to follow, be approachable, compassionate, communicate openly, lovingly, and mercifully. See their needs and tend to them. After all, we all have special needs.

Mt. 9:36, 14:14; Heb. 5:2; Num. 27:17, 1 Ki. 22:17; Zech. 10:2; Is. 48:17, 61:1-3; Lk. 9:11

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Lead as JESUS led p-2

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Those who are in leadership roles or desire to be so must also have the following qualities that are to be exhibited.

  • You must be Approachable
  • You must be Authentic
  • You must possess Clarity of Communication
  • You must be able to Influence Positively

These are the characteristics that also resided in CHRIST JESUS. No matter how many self-help books are read or seminars that are intended, it will be impossible to have all of these qualifications without JESUS living within you and you living within HIM. Sure we may be able to operate in one or more of these qualifications but to live out all is impossible without JESUS.

Most often leaders will not have a team that they 100% will like due to character conflicts. However, as a leader, we are to like those that we are leading and in JESUS we are to go above liking to loving those that we have a personality conflict with or vice versa. As leaders, it is a requirement that we are able to influence those that we have authority over to follow us. When we do not like a member of our team it shows in our body language and in the mannerism in which we speak to that individual. When this happens with a CHRISTian our prayer is not to have GOD change that person but our prayer must be that GOD will change us to reflect HIS character within us more and more. I personally know that this prayer will be answered because it happened to me when I was once employed in Corporate America. It has always been my character trait to befriend the ones that most will consider unfriendly. Though at the beginning with one individual I tried to find many things about the person to focus on and instead magnified what I considered to be a phony personality. Professionally, I spoke politely with her because we had to work together and I also, would greet her as I did with everyone else that I would pass by on my journeys from one location of various offices to another. Then the day finally came when the LORD GOD spoke to me and I listened, I did all HE asked of me and the result was overwhelming from her. Though I have been retired for twenty years now I still acknowledge her birthdays and other important days that come up in her life that I am aware of. I began to be one that she found approachable, we began to see within each other our authenticity, I communicated with her clearly about how I once perceived her and asked that she forgive me and she did and finally with her I was able to be an influence within her life.

Luke 5:27 Leaders must lead which means people should want to follow willingly.

Mt. 9:9-13; Mk. 2:14-17; 8:34; Lk. 9:59-62; Jn. 12:26, 21:19, 22

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Leading as JESUS led

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Most everyone wants to lead but many of them do not know how to lead successfully. No matter how many seminars we attend and we will gather the information that will be useful to us. Nothing can demonstrate leadership skills as we ought to know them. And there is no greater leader who can teach us to lead as JESUS can. To be the type of leader that we all should want to be, we must first learn how to follow the examples left for us by JESUS. This is for ourselves and others.

  • Servant
  • Communication
  • Value people
  • Equip people

Mark 10:42-45; Without CHRIST JESUS people who are in the role of authority are as follows. Those who are recognized as one with a leadership title and are supposed to serve, communicate, vale and equip people. Instead, they rule with disrespect and holding those that are in subjection to them exercising authority and dominion over them. In CHRIST JESUS people who are in the role of authority are as follows. Recognized as one who has leadership qualities through servitude, open and respectful communication, value and equipping of people. It is far better to be known not only as one who is paid to be a leader but rather one who is an actual “Friend of the people”. Do not become drunk with power. Remember, you once were the worker-bee and though you have been promoted to that of leadership you must remember that we all report to someone and everyone must answer to SomeOne/JESUS.

Lk. 22:25; Mt. 20:26, 28; Mrk. 9:35; Lk. 9:48, 22:27; Jhn. 13:14; Philp. 2:7-8

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You are not alone

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Most people when they are hurting, sad and feeling confused, they believe that they are alone, that no one understands. This is not true all people experience heart hurt, emotional hurt, sadness and most are left confused. Most should be left confused but not everyone should be left confused. The children of GOD should never be in a state of confusion and most certainly we should never believe that we are facing difficult times alone. GOD informed us that HE will never leave us nor will HE forsake (abandon, depart, desert, leave, quit) us.

Psalms 46:10; When we do not understand the clarity of anything learn to stand still, learn to let go of that which concerns us and know that GOD, HE is GOD. Ask HIM for guidance, search out the scriptures because that is where all of our answers lay and train your spiritual ears to hear and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah 40:28-29; It is often said but I personally do not believe that everyone who says this believes this. “GOD is the Creator of heaven and earth”. I write this because if everyone who says this actually believes this, then why is it that they think that HE is not capable of handling our situations? I will ask the same questions that GOD asked of Job, where were you?

 Job 37:14; 38:3-41; Ps. 147:5; Ecc. 11:5; Rom. 11:33

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Suffering

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Live long enough and the experience of suffering will visit. I wrote visit not move in and take up residency. Who in their right mind wants to be the host or hostess of the following? Bearing with what is disagreeable, distressing, and or painful to not only the body but the mind as well. When we suffer it should be temporary, suffering to me is not something I enjoy but from suffering, we can learn to endure what we are experiencing though we may not like what we are feeling. Get control over what we are suffering from by knowing that GOD has an answer for that which we are going through. It will pass and we will see just how GOD’s faithfulness for us because of HIS Word has sustained us and we will taste HIS goodness as we undergo and witness HIS deliverance.

 1 Peter 3:13-17; Let’s face it when we have decided to take a stand for the sake of righteousness, it will be difficult because our family, associates, friends, co-workers, and schoolmates who are not with CHRIST JESUS will think that we are strange. Especially if they know us well, they will speak about how we used to be or make derogative remarks to try and push us back to being as they knew us to be. We will mature in CHRIST JESUS when we do not give in to their taunts, tricks, and schemes. Even when the pressure of being tempted is upon us do not become afraid and troubled that we are not strong enough to withstand the weak devices that their father satan and his cohorts demons instruct them to use on us. Remember, we are sanctified in our GOD and we are ready to give a defense should we be pushed to the limit or if we are asked with what hope we have. Express that we have anticipation as we wait with expectancy ever watching with confidence as GOD moves on our behalf with HIS gracious promises through CHRIST JESUS. Possess a down-to-earth demure, unassuming and unpretentious rather than operating in arrogance and pride. Our conduct may give them a reason to be ashamed of what they have done against us. We are to remain in the will of GOD rather than to promote our own fleshy will.

1 Peter 5:10; Children of the Living GOD and my heavenly siblings we are still walking this earth and we are the ones called to HIS everlasting glory in CHRIST JESUS. Remember it is not about how long we are to suffer from that dead god and his cohorts and children of hell. But rather it is about how we are becoming perfect, established, and strengthened in GOD our FATHER through CHRIST JESUS that will settle us.

Prov. 16:7; Ja. 1:12; Is. 8:12; Ps. 119:46; Ti. 3:7; 1 Tim. 1:5; 1 Pet. 3:21; 1 Cor. 1:9; 1 Thess. 2:12

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We are in good company

 

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JESUS has been rejected from the beginning but we may not recognize HIS being rejected until we read about HIM in the four gospels. That is because people cannot see HIM in Genesis through Malachi. But if we study the book of John we will learn that the FATHER and the SON worked together in those writings and often JESUS is there in those precious pages if only we get to know HIM intimately so that we can recognize HIM there.

Once we take our stand to live our lives obediently to what CHRIST JESUS has instructed to be in HIM people will reject us from our family to our associates. This is nothing new. We must decide to take a firm stand in who we will obey, will we obey the authority of our governmental laws or the laws of our place of employment or will we obey the authority of our GOD? No, I am not suggesting that we should break any laws which will cause us to stand before a judge or be locked away in a jail cell or prison or at the very least receive a ticket for our disobedience to the governmental laws. Instead, I am cheering you on if you take part in a Bible study or prayer circle on your lunch break in a conference room which will accept anyone who will like to participate. And to have the very same at your schools because no one can prohibit our worshipping our GOD during the times when we are on our break as long as we are not pushing our beliefs on those who do not want to hear what it is we have to say about CHRIST JESUS. If we own our own business we have a right to write for everyone to see what our beliefs and ethics for which every employee will demonstrate. Just as the large corporations have what their beliefs and ethics are and as their employees, we must demonstrate to them whether or not we agree with them. I encourage all of my siblings in CHRIST JESUS who has a business and have decided not to go against your faith in CHRIST JESUS because the customers were dissatisfied with their being rejected because you will not provide a certain service to them. I applaud those of you who have had to close your business because you had lost income because of your faith in CHRIST JESUS. Endure the name-calling, the labeling, the misrepresentation, and the fines.  Many CHRISTian businesses may have to close their doors and windows because of our faith in CHRIST JESUS. Know this that GOD is working on your behalf the enemy may think that he has won but we will rise from the rubble and stand again on the Word of GOD. HE will give us the directions to go and believe me doors and windows will not be shut again.

Matthew 5:44-45

  • Love your enemies. Practice loving those who come against us, treat them well, be kind regardless of how ignorant they come against us with their detest and hatred. Bless them do not turn and curse [speak evil about, at, or with] them as they do toward us.
  • Forgive them because they are blind and deaf to the truth, they do not know what they are doing. They just do not understand. When they abuse us with their language, we will bless them. When we are punished unjustly, hit with penalties, harassed, and hurt by their hatred, bless them.
  • Remember our GOD provides sun and rain on us as well as them. HE blesses them also, but we have a deeper and richer blessing that comes from HIM which will never be taken away by HIM.

Lk. 6:27; Rm. 12:14, 20; Lk. 23:34; Acts 7:60; 1 Cor. 4:12; 1 Ptr. 2:23; Acts 14:17

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Everyone has a right to know about JESUS

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It is not up to us to pick and choose who we should share JESUS with. This is the manner in which most people may share JESUS with others. We take a look at them and think that if we share JESUS with that person they may not reject what we have to say or we are attracted to how they look. We are standoffish to those who are loud, over rebellious in their actions and words, or filthy. Truth be told although we come across as standoffish to those that we think are most in need of hearing about the forgiveness, the grace, the love, and the mercy of CHRIST JESUS, those that we are attracted to as well as those who we are not attracted to has a right to know about JESUS. Instead of our picking and choosing who we will share JESUS with, listen to the Holy Spirit because He knows who you will be able to speak with. Yes, as we begin to approach the person we may feel nervous but go through with it anyway. But do not speak to them in a manner that they cannot relate to you, just be yourself and share JESUS. If you listen to the Holy Spirit you will notice that He will show you many opportunities to speak to others for a brief moment. Do not come across as pushy but let them ask you if they can speak with you further.

Matthew 28:18-20 JESUS said, “go and announce or publish the Good News”. It is selfish for us to be the possessors of GOD’s Good News concerning HIS SON, CHRIST JESUS and not share with others.

This entire planet will one day see the Salvation of GOD through CHRIST JESUS. How will you like to be responsible for not sharing CHRIST JESUS with others? You are not a failure for sharing the Good News and being rejected because everyone has a right to accept or reject HIM.

Speak about repenting which is a changing of the heart and mind. The changing of the heart and mind is what will lead them to CHRIST JESUS. Repenting is not a religious form of life as many have made it out to be. Also, share about how JESUS CHRIST paid in full the cost for the penalty of our sin.

Continue in the faith of CHRIST JESUS, not in the faith of you.

We must not only teach through our speaking but we are to also teach in the demonstration of our lifestyle in our faith in CHRIST JESUS. This is most evident among our family, friends, and associates.

And lastly, understand this today, please. We are not ever alone, we must remember that GOD is with us not just in the times we consider to be good. But, HE is with us in the times we consider to be difficult for us as well. The LORD your GOD is standing with you.

Matthew 25:31-40; Psalm 89:14; Is. 52:10; Lk. 24:47; Col. 1:23; Acts 18:10, 23:11

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