What is driving your leadership? How are you treating those who are following you? Are you showing concern for them and their lives? Are you more concerned with what they get done than who they are and what they are going through? Do you have the priorities set right? Are you leading with love? Are you leading with compassion? Are you being a servant leader?
Do others know that you care? Do others know that you share? Do others feel that you value your relationship with them? Do you live it? What do your words say about it? What do your actions say about it?
It needs to be more than random acts of kindness, it needs to be purposeful acts of compassion!
Today’s reading comes from Matthew 9:36…
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
–from Matthew 9
Jesus shows us the importance of compassion. Do you realize everything that is going on in the lives of those around you? Do you take the time to care? Do you take the time to share? Do you take the time to listen? Do you take the time to hear? Do you take the time to speak life and hope? Do you take time to hear the prompting of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to engage you in the lives of others?
Today’s devotional (Forward – Day 6 of 7) speaks into this as follows…
“Compelled by Compassion”
I am convinced that nothing will set a leader apart more than being compelled by compassion. The greatest leader in the history of the world was also the most compassionate. His name is Jesus Christ. His life, words, style, and even tone all captivated masses of people.
We know that many times Jesus was moved with great emotion for the people, no just because they were ill physically, but because He saw their desperate spiritual condition. His compassionate heart drove Him to love people unconditionally and sacrificially.
Compassion is seeing what others see, hearing what others hear, and feeling what others feel. When we are willing to enter into another person’s life and into their pain, we are able to be moved with compassion.
Compassion does not eliminate the importance of other great traits of leadership. But we should strive to influence all elements of our leadership with compassion:
- Confidence with compassion
- Competence with compassion
- Authority with compassion
- Intensity with compassion
- Follow-through with compassion
- Due diligence with compassion
- Leading with compassion
Forward leadership is not calling for us to dumb down major leadership needs. Forward leadership is calling for a new kind of leader that does each of these and more with great compassion.
Today, ask the Lord to see, hear, and speak with compassion. “Lord, through your Holy Spirit grow me and develop me to have compassion toward everyone I encounter. Lord, use me for your glory, help me hold compassion deep within me and may compassion influence all aspects of my leadership.”2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers
–from Forward – Day 6 of 7
Is compassion a part of who you are and how you live?
Not sure, then why not get started today!
Ask God for wisdom and help to start today!