We all have a leader that we follow or look up to everyday. We see them everywhere – our parents at home, the elderly in the neighborhood, the boss or the team leader that we follow at work, or the mentor that helps us with our learning.
We can all agree that there are a good and a bad kind of leader. Some we love so much, we’re willing to fight for them, no matter what. Some, we hate so much, we don’t even want to see them at all! If we go back to the bible, we can see many different kinds of leader from the old times. They all have different attitudes and characteristics as well.
Moreover, the bible is not quiet when it comes to traits of a good leader, specially when it comes to correcting someone who is clearly at fault. I’m saying this not because I’m a good leader – I’m saying this as a follower who has done mistakes in the past, and these traits are the characteristics that I’m looking at the leaders whom I respect and love.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
If your brother sins against you, go and confront him privately. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.
The bible is very clear when it comes to disciplinary actions. When we’re guilty at a fault we made, we don’t want to be confronted because truth hurts – but when confronted with love, we can accept the corrections without bitterness.
We can all say we hate someone who nags. I mean, of course, who would want someone who keeps complaining and talking non-stop right? Specially when it’s all complaints and negative talks. I personally don’t want to hear that. We don’t want to hear a person who keeps on nagging. We’d rather want to listen corrections to someone who rarely talks than someone who rarely stops talking, you know what I mean?
So may this verse be a reminder to all of us, since many of us are leaders (whether in the church, at home, or in the community), it’s best to correct someone humbly and privately, not as the one who seem to act like perfect. You see, the reason we are advised to do that is because, we are human beings, and are prone to danger, let’s not forget, there’s a possibility that we might fall on the same pit.
Thank God for His words. Have a blessed Sunday!