Principles of Godly Leadership

PROVERBS 25:1-5

  • Wisdom – Proverbs Chapter 8
    1. Proverbs 8:11  “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
      1. Is true wisdom the desire of our leaders today?  Is it our desire?
      2. What does the world seek in place of wisdom today?  Fame,Fortune,Popularity
    2. Proverbs 8:15  “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice”
      1. It’s hard to read this verse in light of today’s leaders in our nation.
      2. Wisdom is lacking in Washington.
    3. We are in very dire need of wise leaders today!  In church, society, government, homes, schools.
    4. Wisdom is a very important part of Godly leadership.
      1. Are we seeking wisdom in our daily lives?  At work, school, home, church?
      2. Are we “wise enough” to recognize when we don’t use Biblical wisdom?
  • Integrity –
    1. Proverbs 11:3  “The integrity of the upright shall guide them:  but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.”
    2. Proverbs 19:1  “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
    3. Integrity is a dying virtue in our society.
    4. The line between truth and lies in the world’s eyes has become very blurry.
      1. The world takes success however they can get it.
      2. Cheating, Lying, Fraud, etc. is rewarded by the world.
    5. How is our integrity?
      1. What would our friends and coworkers say about our integrity?
      2. What would the world say about our integrity?
  • Love –
    1. Proverbs 20:28  “Mercy and truth preserve the king:  and his throne is upholden in mercy.”
    2. Proverbs 17:17  “A friend loveth as all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
    3. Luke 6:27  “…Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.”
    4. Our love is best displayed in times when there is absolutely nothing in it for us and even better when it may COST us to love!
      1. Coworkers at work who may talk bad about us.
      2. Family members who continue to let us down and break our hearts.
      3. Staff who may disrespect you and slander you.
    5. Do we look for ways to love?  There is usually always an opportunity for love and mercy!
  • Good Advisors/Counsel –
    1. Proverbs 11:14  “Where no counsel is, the people fall:  but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
    2. Proverbs 25:4-5 “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.  Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.”
    3. How many times problems in our lives could have been avoided had we just listened to godly counsel!
    4. No single man can be a great leader- that man/woman has people in their background that has helped to shape them in their godly transition.
    5. Godly counsel along with the Spirit’s leading makes great Leadership.
    6. Every leader needs a trusted adviser.  The ability to listen to the advice of others is the mark of a great leader- not a weakness!
    7. WHO ARE YOUR ADVISORS?
    8. There is also a place for trusted “accountability” advisors.
  • Self Control –
    1. Proverbs 28:15  “As a roaring lion, and a raging bear, so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.”
    2. If we can’t control our actions, then people will not trust or respect us as leaders.
    3. How are we at self control?
      1. Do we have “melt downs”?
      2. Do we lose our temper over small things?
      3. Are we quick to react with our tongue before we process with our mind?
    4. When we don’t have self control, it makes our dependency on Christ and our foundation on God’s Word seem fake to the world and to those we serve or lead.
  • Awareness of his/her influence –
    1. Proverbs 29:2  “When the righteous  are in authority, the people rejoice:  but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
    2. We have influence as leaders!  Good and bad!
      1. Parents- we shape and mold our kid’s actions, beliefs, tempers, etc.
      2. SS Teachers, Pastors, Youth Leaders- we influence those who we are allowed to serve.
      3. We set the “atmosphere” at work.
        1. If we are “moody” and “shifty” day to day, it makes for a horrible work environment and causes those under us to not trust us nor respect us.
        2. If we are down, the staff will be down.  If we are excited and enthusiastic, it makes it easier for staff to be that way.
      4. PEOPLE BECOME LIKE THOSE WHO THEY FOLLOW.
        1. Who are we following?
        2. Who are we leading?
        3. Who are our kids following?
  • Compassion –
    1. Proverbs 29:14 “The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.”
    2. I Peter 3:8  “…be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another…”
    3. Good leaders (and Christians) have and show compassion!
    4. Christ was our example- He was moved with compassion in the Scriptures.
    5. Love and compassion go hand in hand.
      1. You can love and not have compassion (fathers, husbands, etc. who love their families but aren’t moved with compassion when pain or accidents happen – “man up” or “big kids don’t cry”.
      2. We need to love those in our charge AND show compassion.
        1. When we are able, put ourselves in their shoes.
        2. When we are able, do what we can to help the situation.
        3. When we are able, show Jesus with no expectation of reward.
  • No Need for Public Approval –
    1. Proverbs 29:25  “The fear of man bringeth a snare:  but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”
    2. Acts 5:29  “…we ought to obey God rather than men.”
    3. This decision is made before we are leaders!  We must decide that God controls our life.
    4. We can never have complete harmony with God and the World at the same time!
    5. Are we willing to be ostracized by the world and stand for Christ?
      1. Kentucky Clerk – Not issuing marriage licenses to sodomites.
      2. Bakeries/Photographers – refusing to provide service to sodomite weddings.
      3. Standing against Abortion – when it is being more accepted in America and the world.
  • Moderation –
    1. Bible speaks against Kings, princes, deacons, pastors not being given to wine or strong drink.
    2. Commanded to not be drunk with wine but be filled with the Spirit.
    3. But what about other things that calls for moderation as a Biblical leader?
      1. Balance of hobbies with responsibility
      2. Balance of our personal pursuits with Biblical duties
      3. Balance of our daily living with our walk with God
    4. There are so many other things we need to moderate:
      1. Diets
      2. Exercise
      3. Finances
      4. Education
    5. Great Leaders moderate their lives Biblically so that they can be a good testimony for others and to glorify God.
  • Submission to God –
    1. Proverbs 21:1-2 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water:  he turneth it withersoever he will.  Every way of man is right in his own eyes:  but the Lord pondereth the hearts.”
    2. Perhaps this is the MOST important trait of Biblical leadership.
    3. We must submit our mind and life to God and allow him to guide us in His perfect will.
    4. If we submit to God, then our lives will reflect it and show a true testimony of Christ to a lost world and fellow believers.
    5. We should never be ashamed to let those in our leadership KNOW that we are a believer and that we follow Christ.
      1. Look for opportunity to share Christ.
      2. Look for opportunity to incorporate Biblical practices into leadership.
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