More On Love & Leadership

Every church is called to love.  This particular congregation, I’m convinced, has a special calling to excel at love.  There are several vital love relationships to consider:

  • God’s love for us.
  • Our love for God.
  • Our love for others in the Church.
  • God’s love for others in the Church.
  • Our love for those outside the Church.
  • God’s love for those outside the Church.

Authentic love cannot be faked.  It cannot be mustered up.  It only comes from God.  So I need to be in prayer about all these love relationships, and lead others in the church to do the same.

The apostle (that’s Christianese for “Bible Guy”) Paul wrote some great prayers that I want to incorporate into my daily prayer time as I pray for the people of this church.  One of my favorites is a prayer he had for the church in Ephesus.  He writes in Ephesians 3:14-21 (notice how love is the dominant theme):

“I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!  Amen.”

I pray that God would place this prayer for the church heavily on my heart, that His purposes for us may be accomplished through LOVE.

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Published in: on May 18, 2007 at 8:08 am  Leave a Comment  

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