He has left us with the charge to love the living: In this we can love God

Life through the Spirit–Romans 8

…the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.And by him we cry, “Abba,Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

All of us are leaders in some capacity.  Others may lead in more defined authority, but we are all leaders.  When you are asked to lead in your home, community, or workplace in times of extreme adversity or pain we can only operate in the Spirit.  A local pastor came to our workplace and prayed over leaders faced with the unimaginable. His prayer lingers in my mind as the Spirit works.  When I go to flesh–His prayers call forth the Spirit’s work.

A note on leadership from my brother:

Leadership is never the glamour most think that it is.  Our job as leaders
in any given situation is to help those find their spirit within the event.
Sadly we may help them to begin the journey but will feel in some cases the
backlash of their emotions.

Courage to know that all we touch will respond differently but secure in the
word of God is the only path we can take in such misunderstood
circumstances.

May God grant you the discernment of words, courage and calmness of spirit
to provide for those who need wise counsel.

The big word is always “Why?” As leaders we cannot answer this but can
refocus folks on service.  The reasons for the dead is well beyond what God
has prepared us for; He has left us with the charge to love the living.  In
this we can love God.

Harvey

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