PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Apr
02

Tough Love NOT Harsh Love

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
7 so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. 9For to this end also aI wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. 2 Cor 2
Observation
Spiritual leadership can be difficult, especially when you are trying to lead a group of people while having to deal with people’s sin. Sin affects the group, team, ministry, family... But too often leaders waver from being too harsh in discipline or too “soft” in their correction and guidance.

Paul is addressing leadership that is being tough on sin and (too) tough on the offender. Our conduct and the way we discipline offenders, can lead us to become offenders ourselves by being to harsh.
Application
I am convicted as a leader, having thoughts of harshness against people who are in sin or have sinned - in their marriages, negligent in their spiritual life affecting others, those whose sinful addictions spoil lives and relationships. My battle is more within my heart, intent, feelings and thoughts of harshness. But I have to “win the battle” in my heart, before I start acting or exampling my frustrations outwardly.

To live differently today is to Repent, rely on Jesus for more conviction and strength to think Biblically with Jesus in mind towards people who I have harsh thoughts against.
Prayer
JESUS!!! I give you my harsh heart...realizing how wrong, sinful I am - can be. Once again, I turn to You, my Holy God. Thanks for not dealing with me in harsh ways - O God - You are sooooooo merciful!
Thank You - Thank You... for Your unending grace and love! I love You!


Devotions for April 02

Judges 13,14,15,16
2 Corinthians 2

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