Leading with Love

Micah 3:1-12

Micah 3:1 “Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice, you who hate good and love evil…”

Boy... leaders are bad, even in the times of Micah the prophet leaders didn’t do good and loved evil.

Micah 3:5 “This is what the Lord says “As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them they proclaim peace; if he does not, they prepare war against him.”

We have an election coming up and we, you and I, are judging people, judging right from wrong. And we see where people are being led astray, like lambs to the slaughter. And someone needs to do something and I have a strong opinion of what is wrong and what is right and…

It’s easy for me to look outside of myself to those that lead, but truth be told… we are all leaders:

  • Parents lead their children into adulthood
  • Children lead their friends by what they do and how they do it
  • Employers lead their employees in the workplace
  • Employees lead their fellow employees at work
  • Neighbors lead their neighbors with what they do and how they do it
  • Even those that follow lead the others they follow with

We all lead others by the example we live out… not by what we say, not by what we brag about, not by what we pray about…

  • We lead by what we do and what we don’t do:
  • We lead by loving our spouse… in front of our children, friends and       neighbors
  • We lead by loving our children in front of our friends in front of their friends
  • We lead by loving those we work with
  • We lead by loving those who hurt us, loving those that hurt others
  • We lead by giving food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, comfort to the hurt

If you are wondering how we do this or how to do this or when you can do this then:

  • Show up for an ECM event and bring your family, friends, and neighbors
  • Show up at Open Door on a Thursday afternoon and help tutor a student
  • Show up at the Gathering place and see what wonderful things you can do and people you can meet
  • Show up at Confluence Ministries and see what ESL or Whiz Kids or MOPS are doing to develop and promote community and positive relationships
  • Show up at Love, Light, and Melody
  • Show up at Paris Elementary

All you have to do is show up and GOD will show off what a wonderful beautiful world he has created or you!

Micah 3:8 “But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might…”

In this election time may we realize, you and I, that we are leaders and what we say does count to those around us! And what we say and do and how we judge others is seen by all of those that surround us… and may we, you and I, lead with love in our hearts, not judgment. And may we, you and I, may we love good and hate evil and not get the two mixed up!

Precious Father, Loving GOD, Holy Spirit, AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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