Respecting Those You Lead
We know that those we lead will put up with our imperfections, but the thing that they’d like in return is respect.
Jesus’ striking respect for the dignity of His disciples was never more apparent than when Peter denied the Son of God and Luke tells us that, “the Lord turned around and looked at Peter…..”
Jesus looked. He didn’t scold, correct, or shame.
He looked, with the holy eyes that had loved Peter in ways no other had ever loved the impulsive Galilean fisherman.
In the moment he had so violated the relationship of the One he had confessed as the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Jesus looked into his eyes, saw into his terrified soul, tolerated his self-protective pathologies, and loved him.
Jesus loves His own with complete and unconditional acceptance. Never excusing their shortcomings and always urging them toward godliness, Jesus demonstrated their personal worth by respecting their human dignity.
And they turned the world upside down for the One sent to take away the sin of the world.
It’s a mistake to believe that you actually have to shame and guilt those you lead into compliance, and that whatever you accomplish in that process means you’re succeeding.
Actually looking into their eyes and seeing the wounds that explain the behavior will fill your heart with the compassion they need most to follow Christ in this broken world.