CONSISTENT LOVE

God’s love is consistent. Consistency brings comfort and stability. An inconsistent God would cause our faith to quake. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. God’s consistency and truth cause evil to shudder.

But when we are all prone to mistakes. So the acknowledgment of error should be accompanied by teaching moments. If we are to learn from our mistakes, then a teacher must take time to review the process that led to the mistake. We can always learn from an autopsy. But there should be now, therefore no condemnation (Rom. 8:1)

The immutability of God assures us, “He is not man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent” (Num 23:19) All His promises are yes and amen (2 Cor 1:20). There is “no change or shadow of turning” in Him (James 1:17). He speaks peace into the storm (Mark 4:39)

Leadership is flexible and responds to opportunities, but flex can be executed with calm. In the most difficult situations love-driven leaders will emit the greatest sense of quiet confidence. A fire-tested leader doesn’t seek new fires but can and will respond to any fire with calm consistency.

Consistency matters. At home, work or play a consistent leader will enjoy better outcomes.

  • “Love Leads” by Steve Greene, 2017


Love Driven Leadership

God has a plan for every person we will ever lead. I believe, it is my responsibility to lead people to fulfill God’s plan. God’s plan is my potential. Leaders must love a team into their potential. My purpose as a leader is to lead my team into God’s purpose. Perhaps we could define bad leadership as leading people away from God. A loving leader couldn’t do that.

                Technically speaking,

potential

means “existing in possibility; capable of development into actuality,” according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. Potential is what’s possible but not always wat’s present-tense reality.
For many the word

potential

is a burden. Perhaps the pressure comes from being born into a successful family. Or maybe the evidence of talent at a very young age brings high expectations. I suppose that from baby nurseries to graduation stages the most noted thought among observers is the presence of unlimited potential.

 

“Love Leads” by Steve Greene, 2017



THE LANGUAGE OF LOVE

The language of love                The language of love is needed beyond the office. The words tha reverberate in a home frequently are the ones that are careless and hurtful. A bad day in the home has more consequenses than a bad day at the office. I once heard someone say: “Home is where I don’t have to guard my words and actions. My home is my castle, and I don’t have to be on guard all the time.” I believe the opposite is true.

                We cannot relax our intentional display of love in our homes. It seems unreasonable to me to think that I clearly demonstrate love at the office but keep the people at home guessing about my feelings. I would never even consider “biting off the head” of someone at work. But at hom if I think I cn growl without consequence. I will surely harvest the fruit of my behavior – very quickly. No one in my home, for even a grief moment, should doubt the depth of y love as a leader.

                Highly effective leaders lead well in every environment, whether at home, in the workplace, at church, or in personal relationships.

 

“Love Leads” by Steve Greene, 2017



Love is from God

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets: Matthew 22:37-49

                The love we are called to model isn’t the kind you see in movies or read about in books. We are not to love our teams as Romeo loved Juliet or even as Dr. Watson loved his friend Sherlock Holmes. Romantic feelings fade, and friends change.

                Love motivates everything God says and does – including His wise leadership. God sees us through the eyes of Christ – and He sees even the lost soul’s potential if he will surrender to His love. When we fall short of His glory, God doesn’t shame us and guilt us; He teaches and coaches. His discipline and correction in our lives are rooted in His perfect love for us (Heb 12:6)

                “God so loved” that He made a plan. He gave us His Son, thus demonstrating tha giving is loving. In His magnificent leadership God shows Himself to be the consummate cheerful giver. He gives all He has. He’s a sacrificial giver, a life giver, a reward giver. God is the greatest giver of all. Indeed, we can’t out-give God – but we can try to love people as He does.

“Love Leads” by Steve Greene. 2017



A LIFETIME GUARANTEE

Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Psalm 23:6

Goodness and mercy. Not just goodness alone, for we all are flawed and in need of mercy. Not just mercy alone, for we all are fragile and inadequate, in need of God’s goodness. So He guarantees both. And if that doesn’t impress you, try this phrase: “all the days of my life.” Think of the days that lie ahead of you: tough days raising children, days in a deadend job, underpaid and financially strapped, days of loneliness, days of ill health, days of care giving. Listen: “Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” All of them!

And what will the Shepherd do during those days? He will follow you. What a surprising way to describe God. We’re accustomed to a God who remains in one place; who sits enthroned in the heavens and rules. But no, like a Shepherd who comes behind, gently coaxing His sheep forward, our Lord follows us. Pursues us. Tracks us down and wins us over. Have you sensed Him pursuing you? So often we miss Him; we don’t know our Helper when He’s near. Yet He’s always there; through the kindness of a stranger; through the question of a child or the commitment of a loved one; through a word of encouragement spoken or a touch well timed we sense His presence. Even when we choose our hovel over His house and our efforts over His grace, still He follows. Never forcing us. Never leaving us. Using all His power to convince us that He is who He is, and that He can be trusted to lead us home. What more could we ask for?

 

Taken from The Best of Word for Today, 2007



HE’LL BE WITH YOU!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Psalm 23:4 NKJV

Springtime grazing leaves the pasture bare. So with no companion other than his sheep and no desire other than their welfare, the shepherd leads his flock to the rich grasslands of the mountains. The journey is long. The valley is dark and deep. Poisonous plants can infect. Wild animals can attack. But the

shepherd knows the path because he’s walked it many times.

Before David led Israel, he led sheep. So he writes: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me.” And what the shepherd does with his flock, our Lord does with us. Some day He’ll take each of us to the rich grasslands of the mountains by way of the valley. He’ll guide us to His house where we’ll feel more at home than any place we’ve ever been. Jesus spoke about it in John, Chapter 14. The disciples didn’t know it was His farewell address. No one did-but it was. So He spoke about death: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am” (In 14:1-3 NCV). What an arrangement-with Jesus as your Shepherd, you get the best of both worlds.

 

Taken from The Best of Word for Today, 2007



FOR COFFEE DRINKERS

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8

In “A Box of Delights,” J. John and Mark Stibbe share this hilarious article. “You know … you’re addicted to coffee when:

You’re employee of the month at the local coffee house and you don’t even work there … your eyes stay open when you sneeze … you chew on other people’s fingernails … you can type sixty words per minute with your feet. .. you can jump-start your car without cables … you don’t sweat, you percolate … you’ve worn out the handle on your favorite coffee mug … you walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it’s not hooked up … you’ve worn the finish off your coffee table … you’re so wired, you pick up radio signals … your birthday is a national holiday in Brazil., .you’d be willing to spend time in a Turkish prison           you go to sleep just so you can wake up and smell the coffee       you name your cats ‘Cream’ and ‘Sugar’ … your lips are permanently stuck in the sipping position        you have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug you don’t tan, you roast…you don’t get mad, you get steamed … your coffee mug is insured by Lloyd’s of London … you introduce your spouse as your coffee mate … you think CPR stands for ‘coffee provides resuscitation’ … you ski uphill .. you get a speeding ticket even when you’re parked … you haven’t blinked since the last lunar eclipse … you just completed another sweater and you don’t even know how to knit.”

The Bible says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Here’s an idea. Why not turn your coffee break into a time with God. Carry a “Scripture for Today” with you (or this Devotional). Meditate while you sip, talk to God while you savor. Doing this could transform your spiritual life!

Taken from the Best of Word for Today, 2007



YOU’RE NOT HOME YET

I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6

Where will you live forever? In the house of the Lord. So what does that make your present house? Temporary accommodation. “Our homeland is in heaven” (Php 3:20 NCV). This explains the homesickness you’ve felt ever since your husband or wife died, you learned about the lump in your breast or the spot on your lung, or when your family fell apart. The twists and turns of life have a way of reminding us-this world is not our homeland. We aren’t fluent in its language. Its culture confuses our heart. Its stress disrupts our sleep. It promises much but delivers so much less. But that’s okay-we have an eternal address fixed in our hearts: “[God] has … set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecc 3:11 NIV). But even though our eyes are fixed on heaven, for some of us the journey has been long, very long and stormy. We’ve been robbed of lifelong dreams. We’ve been given bodies that can’t sustain our spirits, or

spouses who can’t tolerate our faith, or bills that outnumber our pay checks, or challenges that outweigh our strength-and we get tired. It’s hard to see the city in the midst of the storms. The

desire to pull over to the side of the road and get out, entices us. We want to go on, but some days the road seems so long. Remember this: God never said the journey would be easy, but

He did say the arrival would be wonderful. So trust Him. He’ll get you home. Soon the trials of the trip will be forgotten in the joys of the feast.

Taken from the Best of the Word for Today, 2007



THINK LIKE A FARMER (2)

this most generous God … gives you something you can then give away. 2 Corinthians 9:11 TM

The thing you want to reap, must be the thing that you sow. Why? Because the seeds you plant will reproduce after their own kind, whether for good or for bad. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Gal 6:7). Notice, you don’t necessarily reap when you sow or where you sow, but you

always reap what you sow. Some of us want to plant weeds and get roses. We’re quick to judge others, yet we ourselves are the first to plead for mercy and understanding when we mess up. A farmer doesn’t sow com and expect to reap potatoes. Sometimes we shake our heads and wonder why God isn’t blessing s with a harvest, forgetting that we haven’t sown the right seed in the first place.

And there’s one more principle of sowing and reaping we need to understand. We not only reap what we sow, we always reap more. “For God, who gives seed to the farmer to plant, and later on, good crops to harvest and eat, will give you more and more seed to plant [not to hoard] and will make it grow so

that you can give away more and more fruit from your harvest. Yes, God will give you much so that you can give away much” (2Co 9:10-11 TLB). Some people live by the philosophy “get all you can, can all you get, then sit on the can.” But why would you want to do that when God has offered you something much better, backed up by the warranty of His Word?

Taken from The Best of Word for Today, 2007



THINK LIKE A FARMER (1)

He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully, 2 Corinthians 9:6 NAS

You’ll never see a farmer who refuses to plant seeds, sitting around expecting a harvest. He may go to church regularly, be a good family man, have his devotions every day and share his faith with others, but he’s not going to get a harvest without first planting. That’s because the law of sowing and reaping is built into creation. “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest. .. will never cease” (Ge 8:22 NIV).

And there’s something else a farmer won’t do; he won’t eat the seed he should be planting. He knows he must start with his seed, not his need, if he’s to reap a harvest. Some of us approach God from a need standpoint, “I can’t give to the Lord because I have to pay these bills.” That’s like a farmer saying, “I

can’t plant this seed even though it’ll yield a good crop, because I’m hungry right now.” This is where your faith must kick in. When a farmer plants his seed instead of eating it, it’s an act of faith that his seed will turn into a harvest. Now, he won’t get his harvest right away. He must wait for the right season. But he’s putting his faith in an unfailing law that God’s placed in the universe, the law of sowing and reaping. Are you getting the idea? When you give, you’re demonstrating faith in God’s Word. When He tells you to sow generously so that you can reap generously, your Willingness or reluctance to do what He says, tells you whether or not you hold God and His promises in high esteem.

Taken from The Best of Word for Today, 2007




 

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