God asks two primary things from every person on the planet:
- Love Him with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.
- Love others as we love ourselves. (Matt. 22:36-40)
The first thing about love is—it does no harm to others. (Rom. 13:10)
God gives people leadership positions in various areas in life to provide for, nurture, protect, and shepherd others according to His will and His purposes. Never to hurt them physically, emotionally, or spiritually.
People are sinful so sometimes they choose to abuse their positions, but that is not God’s design. It is wrong. It has to stop.
God’s Design for Leaders
In God’s design, anyone with a position of leadership or authority answers to Him and to other earthly authorities. There must be accountability.
Leaders are to always serve humbly and selflessly as they imitate the sacrificial love of Jesus. Only those who are far from God dare to use a position of authority for selfish purposes or to hurt those in their care. (Matt. 20:25-28)
God’s desire for His people’s leaders is this:
Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.Jer. 3:15
Jesus is the ultimate Good Shepherd who laid down His life for His sheep. The Good Shepherd feeds and waters His sheep, protects them from harm, binds up their wounds, carries the injured on His shoulders close to His heart, and draws the wandering lost sheep back to His side. (Ps. 23)
God hates when leaders misuse their positions to hurt His beloved sheep:
“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,”declares the Lord.Jer. 23:1
If a leader abuses his/her position of authority, there should also be other people in positions of authority who can hold the abuser accountable.
Only God holds absolute power. Only He has absolute authority. Only He is completely good. Only He is worthy of our full faith, worship, trust, and total submission.
One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Those who abuse their positions of leadership will answer for every wrong thing they have done, as will we all. But those in positions of leadership will be held to a higher standard. ( Luke 8:17-18, 2 Cor. 5:10, James 3:1)
This knowledge should be humbling for anyone who leads whether it is a husband, a parent, a pastor, a teacher, a supervisor, a government official, or someone in any position of God-given authority.
We Need the Power of God to Love Others
We all need Jesus desperately. We all need Him to crucify our old sinful nature that delights in harming others and we need Him to provide a new nature for us so we can love with God’s divine love.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.1 Cor. 13:4-8
Love acts in the power of the Holy Spirit and has the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23) If we know Jesus, this is how we will treat other people.
Jesus has done everything for us on the cross to provide us with the ability to stand in right relationship with God and to empower us with His goodness so we can live holy lives that please Him and bless others.
May we live lives of love. Loving God. Loving all people. Outdoing one another in showing honor to each other.
The Path to Healing Is Repentance
Jesus can heal us individually. He can heal broken marriages. He can heal our communities and our nation if we will each repent of our own sin and turn to Him by faith.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.2 Chron. 7:14
It is time for us to repent of (turn completely away from) anything that offends God in our hearts and lives. It is time for us to pray for God’s mercy and healing on our marriages, our churches, our schools, our government, our towns, our cities, and our land. It is time for us to relate to other people rightly in our thoughts, in our motives, in our words, and in our actions.
Time may be very short. We must do whatever we need to do to be right with the Lord and with others today.
The pathway to healing for people is Jesus. He is able to destroy the dividing wall. He is able to destroy darkness and hatred. He is able to cure us of violence and sin.
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.Eph. 2:14
May we each turn to Him wholeheartedly and invite Him to ruthlessly tear out any and every toxic thing in our souls. May we humbly step down from the throne of our lives and may we allow Him, the Prince of Peace, to reign on the throne of our lives, in our families, and everywhere.
I’ve got to ask myself tough questions and ask God to help me see the truth about myself like:
- Do I really love and desire God far more than anything or anyone else?
- Do I act with humility or with pride?
- Do I expect others to bow to me and my will or do I humbly bow to God’s will?
- Do I use others to get something for myself?
- Do I cause harm to my spouse, my children, or others in my life?
- Do I think I am better than other people? Do I look down on others
- Am I misusing or abusing any position of authority I may hold?
- Am I loving those God has entrusted to my care the way God expects me to?
- Do I insult others, say hurtful things, or treat them disrespectfully? Am I harsh with people? Do I tend to raise my voice and act in anger?
- Do I use any power I have to try to make life harder for other people
- Do I engage in violence or threats?
- Do I act in sinful anger that displeases God?
- Am I treating everyone with proper honor and respect?
- Do I have hatred, malice, rage, or selfishness in my heart toward anyone?
- Am I fully yielded to the Lordship of Jesus in my life or am I holding things back?
- Am I cherishing anything God calls sin in my heart?
- Do I treat everyone in my family and my life with God’s divine love and the power of the Holy Spirit?
- Is there anyone I need to apologize and repent to?
- Do I need to make amends to anyone in my family, at church, at work, or in my community?
Jesus alone can heal us.
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.Rom. 12:21
NOTE – For wives/children who are not safe, if it is possible, please reach out for help. How I long for everyone to be safe in their own homes!
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When Is Civil Disobedience Allowed for a Christian? by www.gotquestions.org
What Does the Bible Say About Abuse? by www.gotuqestions.org
What Is Servant Leadership? by www.gotquestions.org
The ABC’s of Salvation
- A = Admit you are a sinner and you can’t be perfect and holy enough in God’s eyes to be right with Him on your own. You can’t earn heaven by your own goodness. Turn away from your sin to God. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23
- B = Believe that Jesus died on your behalf to pay the price for your sin and to give you a way to be right with God – to be forgiven. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus, our Lord.” Rom. 6:23
- C = Confess that Jesus is your Lord – this means, Jesus is now your Master and you live your life for Him and His glory rather than for yourself. You say it out loud to others and you live it from now on. “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.” Rom. 10:9-10
Lordship Salvation by www.gotquestions.org