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Today’s reading: Psalm 37:3-40

 

Today’s psalm gives three characteristics of a true servant leader. “Observe the person of integrity and mark the upright; because there is a future for a man of peace.” (Ps 37:37). Let us see how we stack up.

 

Being a person of integrity means:

* Being temperate, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, love and endurance (Ti 2:1).

* Keeping one’s word or agreement even in the face of personal loss.

* Refraining from half-truths (and of course outright lies).

* Being honest and above-board in all undertakings.

* Following only the Lord’s agenda and not our own.

* Being undivided in love for and loyalty to God.

* Doing everything for God without grumbling or questioning, thus being blameless and innocent and without blemish (Phil 2:14-15).

 

Being upright means:

* Seeking the holiness of God and refraining from immorality (1 Thes 4:3).

* Doing only what is right and just and good.

* Doing nothing out of selfishness or vainglory (Phil 2:3a).

* Not maligning others, especially in public.

* Being humble and obedient to God in all things, even unto death (Phil 2:8).

* Wanting nothing but what will be pleasing to God.

* Living by the Spirit and not gratifying the desire of the flesh (Gal 5:16).

 

Being a man of peace means:

* Not being contentious, argumentative, judgmental or intolerant of others’ views.

* Not conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another (Gal 5:26).

* Being a seeker of dialogue and principled compromise.

* Not blindly insistent on one’s own views, while always standing for principle and what is right and just.

* Being quick to forgive and to seek forgiveness.

* Being patient with the shortcomings and weaknesses of others, while looking to their positive traits.

* Striving for good and right relationships with others, even in the face of disagreements.

* Humbly regarding others as more important than yourself (Phil 2:3b).

* Looking out not for one’s own interests but for those of others (Phil 2:4).

* Being merciful as God is merciful.

 

Is there a future for you?

 

God bless you all.

 

Frank Padilla

LCSC Moderator

 

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)

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