Pure Guidance

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As discussed in the anchor blog entitled the “5 Steps to Problems Solving,” as leaders one of the qualities that we must possess is the ability to solve problems. This is one of the main reason leaders exist. The first step is discuss in “Getting to the Root - Identifying the Real Issue,” stress the importance of knowing and dealing with the core issue. The next step we are going to elaborate on is that leaders must give "Pure Guidance". Leaders are called upon to be counselors and advisors by the people that follow them. When we advise or counsel the people that we influence we have an obligation to do it with purity.

A leader's goal when giving advice is to build, empower, and inspire someone to operate at their fullest potential and not to build or empower themselves. In order to effectively do so guidance must abide by a set of directives or boundaries to ensure that it is given purely.

Guidance must bring peace: 
Luke 1:76-79 KJVS[76] And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; [77] To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, [78] Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, [79] To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
This passage the child that is being referred to is John the Baptist and this is a portion of the prophesy that his father Zechariah gave. The child would grow to be a prophet, a prophet is also an appointed leader and one of this leader’s duties was to give light to those who are in darkness and guide them in the way of peace. People do not bring their problems to the leader to leave with more problems they are looking for peace. Leaders guide people out of darkness,out of stress, out trouble and into peace. God is the not the author of confusion but the giver of peace means that every word that a leader speaks should be one that is aimed at bring peace a situation.

Guidance must be based on truth:

Ephesians 4:14-15That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
Leaders must operate accordingly in truth and integrity through the leading and power of the Holy Spirit. There are so many that are lost and in darkness that are deceived, that are dealing with issues, personals struggles, and the trials of life and they are looking for answers. Leaders have a responsibility to lead people in truth and in love as this will cause people to grow and become mature both naturally and spiritually. True leadership happens when people are empowered and maturing.

Guidance must be directed by God’s Word:
Colossians 3:16-17 KJV[16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. [17] And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Guidance must be directed by God's word because in it lives all wisdom. This passage identifies two key purposes of guidance: 1) to teach - to give instruction, to train, to encourage, and to empower. 2) to admonish - to warn, to correct, to reprimand. To be effective in teaching and correcting a leader must be wise and wisdom is found in the Word of God. The Word of God must dwell in the leader in a great manner so when they speak, when they guide, and when they direct it is aligned with the will of God and done with great wisdom.

Guidance must be given skillfully:
Psalm 78:70-72 NLT[70] He chose his servant David, calling him from the sheep pens. [71] He took David from tending the ewes and lambs and made him the shepherd of Jacob's descendants- God's own people, Israel. [72] He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skillful hands.
Leaders must first be skillful in how they lead. David was first entrusted with the care of the ewes and lambs. These were living beings that depended on David for everything trusting him not to harm them. Doing this time he learned how to care for them, how to correct them, and how to lead them. David was called by God to be the leader for a nation he cared for them with a true heart and skillful hands. Being skillful in a task comes from training and experience.

To my readers:

Leaders must be trustworthy and have a sense of integrity as they are entrusted by the ones that follow them to do what is best for them. This puts both a tremendous amount of both pressure and power in the hand of leaders and if not carefully handled can prove devastating not only to the leader but the people they influence. This is why a leader must have a set of guidelines to measure against to help them stay on target and aligned in the will of God and protect the ones that are vulnerable to their leadership. Guidance must be pure and must bring peace, deliver truth, backed by God's Word, and done skillfully.

1 comment:

  1. Very well illustrated and delivered. Thanks for sharing, I was inspired as well edified. Blessings to you always.


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