Friday, September 19, 2014

Leadership Promises - The Velvet-Covered Brick

"Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Leadership Promises - The Velvet-Covered Brick
Leadership Promises - The Velvet-Covered Brick.
As the human founder of the Corinthian church, Paul had a really big task before him. Paul loved his Corinthian brothers and sisters in Christ. But when he received reports that divisions, immorality, and pride had crept into the church, he knew he had to confront the sin.

Paul felt grieved, perhaps even angered, over the reports he received about his Corinthian colleagues. We can see in his letter the anguish he felt over what has been going on in the church, but we also read of an overriding sense of love and concern for these dear friends.

It was as if Paul were hitting the Corinthian church on the head with a velvet-covered brick - the brick being his condemnation of their sin, the velvet being his  love for those whom God had set apart for good works.

It isn't always easy to speak correction to those we know are clearly in the wrong. But the Lord uses strong leaders to correct His people, courageous leaders who can speak the truth in love.
Excerpt from The Maxwell Leadership Bible.
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