The Character of A True Leader

 Text:  Philippians 4: 1 – 8

Philippians 4 King James Version (KJV)

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there 

 

My character represents me, who I truly am.

Those who really follow me will know what kind of leader I am.

What was the apostle Paul saying to the Church at Phippi?

Who was he speaking to?

In Philippians 4:3 he called them yokefellows. 

Yokefellows, meaning close companions, partners, associates, a team endeavouring to work together for the glory of God.

Not only leading from the top, but among those we are leading.

 

He associated them with those whose names are written in the Book of Life. This is our goal.

 

I believe he was speaking mostly to those who were in leadership roles. Nevertheless these qualities should be seen in every believer.

 

In Philippians 4 verses 1 through 7, Paul addressed their attitude. Now in verse 8 he is addressing their character.

Anything that is placed in the front can clearly be seen. Paul wanted their character to be unquestionable, that others would see the character of Jesus portrayed in their lives.

 

Check words that he used, and how they relate to each other. There are linked together like a chain, bringing out the sameness in definitions. 

True: to be genuine, real, authentic

Honest: to be sincere, trustworthy  (not only telling the truth, but living it and leaving the right impressions.) J

Just: to be fair, equitable, right standards, reasonable.

Pure: to be clean, uncontaminated, untainted from the things of the world, complete in Christ.

Lovely: something that is pleasing, to be admired, adored, coveted.

Good report: status, dignity, prestige, honour, respect,

(Proverbs 22 v.1 says, a good name is rather to be "chosen" than great riches,) free of evil, we will scarcely ever get (this) a good report from the world, sometimes not even from the brethren, but in the end if we are faithful, we will hear the good  "well done," from the Lord.

 

Was Paul for real? Can our lives demonstrate all of these qualities? Are there still applicable to the Christian faith in today's world? The answer to all of the questions above is "yes."

 

As leaders in God's service, our lives must reflect Jesus, 'He is Truth'.

We must demonstrate integrity.

We must live the truth.

We must be honest.

Only then will our lives be virtuous, and of great value, we will also obtain a good report.

We must strive for excellence, to be the best that we can be, in God's service. Let us live the "truth." Leave "right" impressions.  Honesty is still the  best policy.

 

 Prayerfully prepared by,

  Gloria Springer-Haynes