Power

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When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. (Proverbs 29:2 NLT)

Nearly every recent headline names a media personality, politician, or business leader who has harassed, abused, or taken advantage of a younger female or male subordinate and then covered it up with their power and authority. They have ignored the promise found in Numbers 32:23, “be sure your sin will find you out.” One day, whether on earth or at God’s judgment seat, everyone will be held accountable for their actions, both public and private. Nothing slips past God. God sees.

Some with great power seek to benefit themselves and take advantage of those under their control. They threaten. They manipulate. They extort. They strong arm and wield their authority. As Mark 10:42 says, “they lord it over them.” They spin. They slander. They cover up. They lie. They turn themselves into the victim. They lawyer up.

But the Bible clearly teaches in Ephesians 6:9 that Christians with power and authority, yet who are controlled by the Holy Spirit, should do the exact opposite. They are to treat their subordinates with respect, sincerity, and integrity. They are to seek the welfare of those under them. They are to use their power and influence to benefit and serve their employees. They are never to threaten. They should recognize that Jesus Christ is their Boss and that He will hold them accountable for their treatment of subordinates.

Imagine how radically different governments, corporations, churches, schools, and sports teams would be if their leaders were controlled by the Holy Spirit? Above all, how differently will you handle power and authority if you are consistently filled with the Holy Spirit?

When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan. (Proverbs 29:2 NLT)