June 16, 2009

Pursue Righteousness and Love

Written by Boyd Bailey

Pursue Righteousness and Love… “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. Proverbs 21:21

Leaders who pursue righteousness and love are able to outlast calamity and criticism. They become principled men and women whose influence is attractive and valuable. People long for leaders who have their best interests, and who have the best interests of the enterprise in mind. When you follow after righteousness, your followers follow after righteousness. Your right actions lead others to find life, prosperity and honor.

There is no genuine understanding of life without a relationship with the Lord. Your goal as a Christian leader is to get people to God. When people discover God’s game plan, they understand “All the world is a stage, and all men and women are mere players”. It is freeing to find their part in His story. Be who the Lord made you to be, and do not bow to being anyone else. Leaders lead people to find their identity in Christ, and thus trust Him.

Leaders, who lead out of love, lead others to love. Righteousness is reciprocal. When an organization is set on loving others into success, they will be successful. Secure leaders can see the hidden potential in people who lack confidence, and, through patient prayer and instruction, lead them to be productive team members. “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another” (Romans 14:19, NASB).

Lastly, when the waters of righteousness and love rise in a ministry, business, or home the boats of life, prosperity and honor rise as well. Your standard of accepted behavior at work may be, “You don’t have to believe in Jesus, but you do have to behave like Jesus.” The Lord reward’s wise pursuits: “The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, honor and life” (Proverbs 22:4, NASB). Are my pursuits pleasing to my heavenly Father? Am I a leader worth following? Do I follow the servant leadership of my Savior?

Related Readings: Isaiah 51:1; Hosea 6:3; Romans 2:7-10; Hebrews 12:14

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