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Leadership Qualities: Relationships Part 5

Job Takes High Road-Job 42:10

After enduring nearly 40 chapters of criticism and condemnation from Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, Job has the opportunity to get even. God announces His displeasure with them, apparently giving Job a wonderful chance to say, “I told you so.” Instead, Job prays for his foolish friends.

Like all great leaders, Job refused to take vengeance or hold grudges. Instead, he took the high road. He forgave his friends, interceded for them, and sent them on their way. Remind yourself of the differences between the low road and the high road:

Low Road High Road
1. Revenge and retaliation when wronged 1. Unconditional love and forgiveness
2. Plays the same game as others 2. Refuses to play games; lives by principle
3. Guided by emotions; is up and down 3. Guided by character and values
4. Reactive: lives no better than anyone else 4. Proactive: lives above merely human standards

Join me next time for Leadership Qualities: Relationships Part 6