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From the Front Porch: The Importance of Flexibility


A rigid attitude toward others will hamper our best efforts at winning others to our point of view. Nobody understood this better than St. Paul. In his first letter to the Corinthians, he wrote: “I have become all things to all people that I might by all means save some” (1Corinthians 9:22, NRSV).

Paul did not mean that he was willing to compromise his strongly held  convictions in order to win others to the Gospel. But he was willing to forsake rigidity, preferring to lead by word and example, allowing God to work in peoples’ hearts without his interference.

There is plenty of religious intolerance to go around in our world. Being flexible means that we are willing to allow God’s Spirit to work in the hearts of others rather than forcing others to adopt our viewpoints. It means that we are willing to get out of the way and allow God to lead us even as he draws others to Himself through our word and example.

Leadership is a tremendous responsibility. Be a leader who leads by understanding words and healthy example, and win others for the sake of God’s Kingdom.

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