Restoring Leadership

Rod Shimabukuro

"The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him. Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow." (2 Cor 2:6-7)
Leadership will always be faced will people who cause grief, pain. In fact, people will always be faced will leadership who causes pain and grief too. We are flawed people who find ways to yield to the sinfulness of our flesh.

But as leaders, we must be careful how we relate and lead hurting, fallen people into healthy restoration. Over my 25 years in ministry, I've found that leaders can be self centered in their restoration process. Do we restore people for their gain and growth - or do we restore people with a self seeking agenda?

Paul reminds me to be godly in leadership restoration rather than excessive in sorrow and judgment.
Pain! I've felt it in judgment or being put to through painful repercussions when I've been at fault. Sometimes, I want others to feel and experience the pain I've experienced when they have done something wrong or foolish. But this morning, I am warned in heart to be watchful of an attitude that is harsh, unforgiving and mean. Yuk - that these thoughts enter my mind!!

God has dealt kindly with me when I've been in the wrong. So must I deal with others in the same way. Not avoiding conflict, handling situations with truth, but I need to make sure that I'm not being excessive in harshness.

I will live differently today by:
1. Taking these thoughts captive when they enter my mind.
2. Putting on the reminder of this word p to be a godly leader who restores people with His heart.
3. Being aware of what the offender has been through; in repentance, treatment by others, discipline, self initiated acts of reconciliation.
4. Reaching out and comforting the offender. Don't give cold shoulders, avoid or neglect relationship building.
Whew...what a word Lord! Thanks for showing me my fault, restoring me with love, kindness and truth! Thanks for not letting me off the hook by Your Spirits conviction within. Help me to be godly in restoring, with Your heart - especially with those closest to me, when I feel wronged, hurt, cheated, disrespected. You are my Restorer!

Devotions for November 15

Job 41,42
2 Corinthians 1,2

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