The Law of Connection Part 21
God Connects with Head and Heart-Hebrews 8:1-9:28
The new Covenant is a better ministry, established by a better Mediator, and established on better promises (Heb. 8:6). God will write His law on the heart, not just on a stone tablet. By this point, the writer has convinced readers at both the head and the heart level—thus making the connection.
Love Is Gauge-1 John 2:7-11
John’s greatest theme is love. Church history tells us that as a very old and mature believer, he had to be carried in on a stretcher to give his last public message—an encouragement for believers to love each other. John knew how to connect with people by letting them know how much he cared for them.
Love is the highest motivation for a leader to connect with people. If you don’t love them, don’t try to lead them. For John, love and relationship provided the gauge for spiritual leadership. A spiritual leader assumes responsibility for the health and development of his or her relationships. John calls leaders back to the basics:
- We must love the Lord.
- We must love the truth.
- We must love our calling.
- We must love the people.
Compassion Before Correction- Revelation 2:1-29
Jesus lets each church know He understands their situation. He affirms their positive qualities—He touches their hearts—then voices concern over an area that needs attention. Finally, He beseeches them to listen. He consistently shows compassion before He corrects. Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.
Join me next time for Leadership Qualities: Initiative Part 1