What does it mean to lead with love? This could look like setting aside our opinions or perceptions of others and just loving them for who they are, not who we want them to be. It could mean trying to see your uncle who gets under your skin in a different light, assuming the best and loving him where he is at the moment (remember: we are all growing - hopefully!) Jesus changed people because He loved them. Not because He voiced His opinion the loudest. Not because He forced people to see things His way. He led with love and kindness. He saw people. He heard people. I want to be like that!
Things that have been helpful to me when considering this posture:
- The point of my life is not to get everyone around me to think the exact same way I do (um, boring!) but to love other people
- Being angry with someone or annoyed or hateful does not change that person. Love changes people (and usually us, too!)
- How does Jesus see this person?