March 27th – Draw Them

I come as a still, small voice. You were not forced into My service, nor My grace. It was offered, and you need not have partaken of the vow nor the gift. Love draws. Forgiveness draws. Servanthood draws. Those that bark make wary those that might otherwise approach. I am gentle and humble of heart. Are you My reflection? Lift your eyes to My judgment of you. Is it harsh? Again you have made promises beyond your reach, but do I scold? Correct gently. Lead those around you with a contrite heart. Let none feel lowly for your estate in Me. Welcome the sinner, that gently they may know My call through you. Correction is from My Spirit, and they will know the discipline of my Father’s hand when it is needed, but you must not demand. A soft word is far stronger.

Philemon v 8-9 (ESV) –Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus—

Bottom Line: When we are given a position of authority or great responsibility, it is tempting to lead with power, and to not be concerned with the feelings or thoughts of others. Schedule and risk can pressure us to push aside Christ-like ways, for performance or obedience of the job at hand. Be careful – others will judge Christianity by the way you lead and speak to them.

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