Love in Shoe Leather

Series: Leading With Love
Presenter: Kevin Fitzgerald

This section will demonstrate what love looks like in situations when a leader is under pressure, criticized, or tempted to retaliate.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. List some of the rude behavior of the Corinthians as a result of lacking love for others.
Richer members didn’t wait for poorer ones to arrive for the Lord’s Supper. • Some used their so-called superior knowledge and liberties to trample over the consciences of their weaker brothers and sisters. • They ate foods offered to pagan idols (1 Cor. 8), which created confusion and caused some believers to violate their consciences. • Certain gifted speakers monopolized the time and hindered others from exercising their spiritual gifts.
2. What are the five negative aspects of love covered in this sessions?
Love is not rude, does not insist on its own way, is not irritable, is not resentful, does not rejoice in wrongdoing
3. What was Paul’s “book keeping” advice regarding wrongs suffered?
Love does not keep records of insults or wrongs committed.

Discuss It

  1. Assemble a list of concrete examples of insensitivities and rudeness that leaders are more susceptible to as they work with church members and colleagues.
  2. In your own words, describe some of the qualities of a leader who is always putting others first.
  3. Describe the benefits of a leader who does not keep a record of wrongs suffered.

Apply It

  1. Ask your spouse or a trusted friend or colleague to evaluate you in the following areas as they relate to ministering to people: A. Am I ever rude to those I am serving? B. Do I tend to insist on my own way; am I sensitive to others? C. Do I tend to become irritable under stress, or am I self-controlled? D. Do I at all become resentful when things don’t go according to my agenda? E. Do I rejoice when misfortune befalls my adversaries, the difficult people in my life, or those who have hurt me? F. Do I rejoice when others are promoted or blessed even though I am not? After the pain goes away, bring the input to the Lord and ask Him to help you become a more loving leader.

Digging Deeper

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