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7 Unique Traits of Spiritual Leaders

Candidly, with an eternal perspective in mind, we will often have more peace amidst daily pressure because not everything we think is so big and important actually is in the light of eternity.

7. They Acknowledge and Cultivate the Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit.

We know the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23 as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. This is a great aspirational representation of the character of a spiritual leader.

I don’t think I’ve ever lived a day with all nine solidly in action, but I continue to pursue them all with passion. What one or two are you intentionally pursuing in this season?

God’s Spirit also gives us gifts. For example, serving, teaching, leadership, encouraging, hospitality, prophesy, wisdom, knowledge, healing, discernment etc.  For more detail, there are several passages such as Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; and Ephesians 4:11-12.

In short, without the fruit of the Spirit, we cannot replicate the character of God, and without the gifts of the Spirit we cannot lead with our full potential for the will of God.

Spiritual leadership is a Divine partnership, one that you and the Creator of the universe share. It’s truly amazing. You do your part, and God does what you cannot do.

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