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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.

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Sometimes You Need To Change Your…

Bible Reference:  The parable of the unforgiving servant

“When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.” Matthew 18:31NIV

Many of you know this parable… the King had forgiven a servant of his debt, only for that servant to turn around and imprison someone else who owed him much less money than he had owed the King.  Although just a parable it’s a good example of a leader who changed his mind.

Leaders are constantly making decisions.  Why is it hard for us to sometimes change our minds?

Pride

Trying to make the right decision is hard enough, so once we do decide on a matter, we feel like it is complete.  Sometimes changing our minds means we have to admit we made an incorrect decision.  Somewhat afraid of what people might think of us we let pride creep in and prevent us from doing the right thing.

Motives

Sometimes we make the wrong decision…on purpose!  We go against what would be in the greater interest of the organization because the decision does not fit in with our overall plan.  We’re pressured into incorrect choices because that’s what people expect of us instead of doing what is in our heart.  Political leaders really struggle with this.

Lack of Investigating

Usually people are feeding you the information they want you to hear, sometimes filtering out vital details that might give you a more clear reality of the situation.  It’s leadership that has to push for all the information, often from multiple sources, to assimilate a wise choice.

The King in the parable finally did receive all the information, then quickly changed his mind, and delivered the servant to the torturers until he could pay all that he owed.

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