Power, Manipulation and Christ-like Leadership

they must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons who is a priest…. (Lev 13:2–3).

Be careful with the power you hold over people. Don’t misuse it. All of us, hold power over something or someone. It could be in our home, jobs or friendships. We can all be put in positions of authority over someone else and we must remind ourselves that we cannot use our power to manipulate or control.
 
There are times when I must remind myself of this simple truth. An insidious thought runs through my head of, “Well, if I go this route with what I have to say, that will shut this person down and I’ll end up getting what I want.” Since I know this about myself, I must instead come with open hands to the Lord, being ready to hear from Him so I don’t misuse the power He has given me.
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No one ever wants to feel manipulated, demeaned, or controlled, but we can quickly allow our own insecurities to lead us towards treating people like that. Until we wrap our heads around that, we will keep wrapping people up with all of our unhealthy ways of dealing with life. I don’t want to manipulate people into siding with me. I want to make people feel like they have the freedom to be who God created them to be.
 
Just as Aaron and his sons were given authority by the Lord as priests in the Temple, you and I have been given similar roles within our lives. Roles where instead of misusing our power, we must instead act like Jesus, who on many occasions gave up His power to become a servant. That’s the kind of leader I want to be. A leader who loves first and lets go of their need to be in control. A leader who trusts God with the results that my fear tries to convince me will come true if I truly do let go.
 
Father, I want to be like you. I don’t ever want to manipulate people or use my authority over them to demean or control. Help me first to be humble and not afraid. Lord Jesus, meet me in my need and show me yourself, I pray, in your name, Amen.

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