For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry…..Titus 1: 7 a
In our last post I talked about how the Apostle Paul instructed Titus to set things in order in Crete and to appoint leaders in the surrounding areas. This week I want to continue to look at the qualities Paul listed for potential leadership, specifically self willed and quickly angered.
The word self willed according to Strongs Concordance means arrogant or self pleasing. Leaders are not to be arrogant or self pleasing. If a leader is lead for the long term they need to be able to recognize when and if pride enters into their life.
1st Corinthians 10:12 says, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.“
As you can see in the preceding scriptures pride leads to destruction and subsequently a fall. This is why it is so important for leaders not to have pride or arrogance as a character trait.
Another area is quickly to anger. Anger is a legitimate emotion but when we are so quick to be angry with others it can be destructive. Anger carries with it insults, words that hurt, decision making that is not wise etc…
It is important as leaders to take the time to examine our lives so we can lead with integrity. Find healthy people that can speak into your life, people that have permission to tell you like it it is with love.
You and I are a work in progress and we need to constantly look at the areas such as self willed and quick to anger and eradicate them from our lives. To overcome pride as a leader I would constantly take compliments and accolades to God in prayer thanking Him for the result.
To be no quick tempered I simply take the time to look at the big picture including the other persons view before making judgments or decisions. I daily confess the attributes God has laid out for me in Galatians called the fruit of the spirit.
God can help each of us grow only if we are wiling to make the necessary change.
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