How would those closest to you evaluate the way you apply justice? (206-4)
Effective leaders have compassion for their team even during the administration of justice for unacceptable attitudes or behavior. Read Luke 13:31-35.
As Jesus approached Jerusalem, some religious leaders warned Him that He would not be safe in Jerusalem and told Him He should not go there. Jesus already knew He would be killed while He was in Jerusalem and He knew that was part of God’s plan to redeem people to Himself. Jesus also knew that Jerusalem would be harshly judged by God for their actions in the past, for what they were about to do, and for their unbelief. The prophecies about Jerusalem were fulfilled in 70 AD when the Roman General Titus leveled Jerusalem. Jesus expressed deep sorrow as He thought about the future suffering of those living in Jerusalem.
There are times, when for the sake of Justice, a leader must make decisions that will be very hard on their team. Leaders often delay the application of justice because of the relational difficulties, momentarily forgetting that justice is required for God-honoring leadership. When a leader loves their team the way God loves us, justice can be administered along with mercy and compassion. The very character of God is the standard for justice and God-honoring leaders use their power and influence to apply justice for the good of others not out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
How would those closest to you evaluate the way you apply justice? Do you strive to honor God as you apply justice? Do you play favorites when applying justice? Biblical justice involves living to God’s standards for moral rightness based on ethics, fairness, and equity for yourself and everyone on your team. Wise leaders allow the application of justice to flow out of obedience to God’s Word and a Christlike attitude toward their team.
Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
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