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Your Faith

01 April 2009

Scripture:

But that does not mean we want to tell you exactly how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy as you stand firm in your faith. (2 Corinthians 1:24 NLT)

Observation:

How do you exercise authority without dominating and controlling? Paul said that his exercise of authority was not to control how the Corinthians lived out their faith but as partners, working alongside, influencing the development of the Corinthians’ own faith. I read a quote from Brian Houston this morning on Twitter: “Strong leaders listen. It's weak leaders that dictate.”

Application:

This applies to anyone in authority. Eugene Peterson writes in his introduction to 2 Corinthians in the Message translation of the Bible; “Because leadership is necessarily an exercise of authority, it easily shifts into an exercise of power. But the minute it does that it begins to inflict damage on both the leader and the led.”

Prayer:

Father, help me to understand the difference between authority and power, between influence and control, and to carefully walk the fine line between the wise use of authority to build and develop others and the unwise use of power to control and hold others back. Amen.

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