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Grace—God's favor. A fundamental principle of Christian leadership is having God's grace. Grace can apply to God's unmerited forgiveness or to His favor. Without God's backing, our efforts become just human efforts. When we have God's favor, backing and blessing, we can more readily exercise His will. We are seeking first His Kingdom, looking to Him for guidance and desiring to serve others (Matthew 6:33 Matthew 6:33But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
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; Psalms 32:8-9 Psalms 32:8-9 [8] I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with my eye. [9] Be you not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near to you.
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). Having God's favor requires humility. "God resists the proud, but gives grace [favor] to the humble" (James 4:6 James 4:6But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
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, emphasis added throughout). Relate. A good leader listens, relates and responds to others, considering their personality style, interests, perspectives and needs. A good leader is effective at adapting to others much like a chameleon. This can create empathy and insight. Paul instructed Timothy not to approach everyone the same. "Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity. Honor widows who are really widows" (1 Timothy 5:1-3 1 Timothy 5:1-3 [1] Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brothers; [2] The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. [3] Honor widows that are widows indeed.
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). Initiative. Effective leaders can spot what needs to be done and look to God and those over them in authority for guidance in accomplishing it. They take initiative even if they do not have a position or title and will not get the credit (Matthew 6:3-4 Matthew 6:3-4 [3] But when you do alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand does: [4] That your alms may be in secret: and your Father which sees in secret himself shall reward you openly.
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). The apostle Paul took initiative when following God's calling to go to the gentiles, making three extensive tours over several years. His determination helped him overcome many obstacles along the way (2 Corinthians 11:23-28 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 [23] Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. [24] Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. [25] Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; [26] In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brothers; [27] In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. [28] Beside those things that are without, that which comes on me daily, the care of all the churches.
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). He also took the initiative of writing many letters to the congregations, writing more instruction that was later included in the New Testament than any other author. Teach. Paul told Timothy a good leader is "able to teach" (1 Timothy 3:1-3 1 Timothy 3:1-3 [1] This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desires a good work. [2] A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; [3] Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
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). The foundation for what is taught needs to be based on solid biblical principles, not just personal preferences or opinions (1 Timothy 1:3-4 1 Timothy 1:3-4 [3] As I sought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that you might charge some that they teach no other doctrine, [4] Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
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; Hebrews 5:12-14 Hebrews 5:12-14 [12] For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. [13] For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. [14] But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
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). A big part of teaching involves setting a good example. Paul instructed Timothy, "Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12 1 Timothy 4:12Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
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). A good teacher must be teachable. Not a "lord it over" know-it-all, but a servant willing to take input, advice and help from others (Matthew 20:25-28 Matthew 20:25-28 [25] But Jesus called them to him, and said, You know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority on them. [26] But it shall not be so among you: but whoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; [27] And whoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: [28] Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
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; 1 Peter 5:5 1 Peter 5:5Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.
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). When you lead, do you do it with true GRIT?

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