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Wednesday, December 12 2007

I spoke briefly about loyalty yesterday and I thought I would write of it again.  First, I would like to say that we need to be loyal to leaders that are taking us to the places that we need to go.  As Christians, we need to follow leaders that will watch for our soul by preaching the truth and help us make heaven.  We can be sure of their leadership and direction through the fruits they bear, prayer and studying of the Word. 

As a leader, I will be loyal to those that follow me.  I cannot abandon them because of a mistake nor can I allow that mistake to diminish the love that I feel for them.  Jesus has defined loyalty.  If we take a look at Peter and his relationship with Jesus, we can glean some very important principles concerning loyalty.

First, Jesus gives Peter the keys...

Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven...

Then Peter denied Him...

Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Then Jesus loved Peter...

John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

Jesus knew the heart of Peter.  Jesus does not look on the outside, but at the heart.  As a leader, I need to build other leaders by looking at their heart.  Jesus did not cast Peter aside because of a mistake or how he appeared, but encouraged him and loved him. Peter preached the first apostolic sermon and saw great revival because Jesus remained loyal to the man he gave the keys.  As leaders, do we lead with the same love and loyalty?

We need to lead in love.  In whatever leadership capacity that we fulfill within the church, we must understand that what we do is from love for God is love.  God will speak to those that need to adjust their walk with Him not because they are dealt with harshly, but because they were loved.

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