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What Goes Around, Comes Around

Bible Character:  Obadiah (Prophet)

As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head. Obadiah 1:15 NIV

Obadiah’s warning that he gave to Edom serves the same today as it did back then.  If you don’t treat others correctly and have a low ethical standard, it will catch up to you.   The basics attributes of being honest, fair, respectful, and bringing a positive attitude are often not observed, which seems to be leading to an ever increasing abuse of power.  Sure, times have been worse before, but God’s blessing has also left.

The people of Edom definitely did not respect Israel, which eventually cost them dearly.  The Edomites were really the people of Esau, and they were fighting the Israelites, who were really the people of Jacob, so in a roundabout way, Esau was still being exposed for what he had done.

Quality leaders don’t compromise.

Integrity = adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. (Dictionary.com)

Morals = concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical (Dictionary.com)

Individuals who maintain high integrity and moral standard shine like bright stars on a very dark night.  Their character gives them credibility, which is something people will follow. People will respect and trust them.

Opposite of a quality leader is the one who struggles with “fleshy” wrongdoings.  They never seem to take personal responsibility.  They can suffer from an overindulgence of selfishness, deceit, too much pride, greediness, and anger.  A leader can get away with this type of behavior for a short period of time, but generally they are exposed, just as the Edomite’s were.

Ref: Bible Hub, Obadiah Summary, by Jay Smith, Ultimate bible summary collection.

The Essential Character of a Leader

Bible Character: Joseph

Essential characteristics are those imperative attributes that make up a leader. It’s not so much the leadership style that you chose to lead with as much as the vital qualities that are the core of the person.

Even though Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, he managed to become the 2nd most powerful leader in all of Egypt.  What were some of Joseph’s essential characteristics that helped propel him to such an important position?

Dedicated/Driven

And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. Genesis 39:3 NIV

Prosperity still often comes from dedication and hard work. Success can possible be achieved without it, but overall influence is stronger with it.

Integrity

Once Joseph rose to overseer of his master’s home in Egypt, the master’s wife had longing eyes for Joseph and continually tried to seduce him. Joseph knew that this type of behavior was inconsistent with his own moral values, and it would be detriment to his relationship with his master…so he refused her advances.

The most basic choices of right and wrong are often blurred in our society. Leaders are the example for the rest of the team when it comes to when making choices that promote positive virtues.

Trustworthiness

By the time Joseph was 30 years old Pharaoh, King of Egypt, appointed Joseph over the entire land of Egypt. He knew he could trust Joseph.  God calls for us to be people of Integrity, dedicated to our work, and trustworthy, which is the foundation of our essential character.  It sounds simple, but often it is not.

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