Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:1-2, 9-11
1 Now I, Paul, appeal to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ—though I realize you think I am timid in person and bold only when I write from far away. 2 Well, I am begging you now so that when I come I won’t have to be bold…9 I’m not trying to frighten you by my letters. 10 For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!” 11 Those people should realize that our actions when we arrive in person will be as forceful as what we say in our letters from far away.
Paul’s letters were often appeals to live a certain way. He wrote boldly and plainly so it would be clear what he was asking. He was accused of being more bold in his letters than when in person. People even saw him as weak and timid in person.
I’ve often been seen in this same light. And one of the dangers in leadership is being one way behind a computer as you type an email and another way in person. But good leaders will take every opportunity to help those they lead move in the direction they desire. And one well-timed bold email can enable a leader to quickly move from confrontation to care when in person. But it will also ensure that a critical issue is discussed in person.
It will be interesting to meet Paul face to face one day and see how he relates to others in person. After reading this chapter my thought is that he will be full of grace, mercy and kindness and not as brash as his letters might lead us to believe. I imagine he allowed God to temper him and shape him into a more effective leader.
Be willing to be taught.
Don’t get in a rut of leading the same way you’ve always led.
Be bold in communication: say what needs to be said and pick the most effective avenues when saying it.
Walk in whatever authority that’s been given.
Don’t delegate authority that’s been given to you.
Make sure it’s clear what authority has been given to you and stay within those bounds; don’t over-reach.
Lord, enable me to be the leader you have created me to be. Help me understand and walk in the full authority you’ve given me; nothing more, nothing less. Give me wisdom.