We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~Romans 15:1-6
How can leaders increasingly gain a servant’s heart? This passage reminds us that leadership is about serving others, not wielding power. A servant . . .
- Denies self – we are to please others, not ourselves.
- Develops others – we are to add value to others.
- Accepts mistreatment – we are to forgive wrongs.
- Imitates Christ – we are to look to Jesus as our model.
- Is a student – we are to remain teachable.
- Pursues the harmony of relationships – we are to pursue unity and peace.