Doing right… when I’m tempted to do wrong…

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1 TImothy 5: 24 The sins of some people are conspicuous and precede them to judgment, while the sins of others follow them there. 25 So also good works are conspicuous; and even when they are not, they cannot remain hidden.

Here the apostle Paul is giving counsel to his young protege Timothy regarding the selection of leaders for the church. In short, Paul is saying that it’s not always easy to discern someone’s character.

In thinking about leadership, I’ve found it helpful to think in terms of two primary components: capacity (getting things done) and character (one’s moral compass). It’s generally easier to discern capacity than character.

People of high capacity can impress fairly quickly. We see what they can do and we’re wowed by it. Character is often something that does not emerge until there is adversity. Can a person do the right thing when there’s pressure to do the wrong thing? Has me asking myself some questions this morning:

  • Am I a person who will do the right thing under pressure?
  • Where am I being tempted now to do the wrong thing?
  • Is there someone I trust with whom I can share my struggle?

Lord Jesus, help us to do the right thing, even when it will cost us, for nothing is hidden from you. Amen.

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