The first list is the list of qualities of servant leadership. We looked at them in The Qualities of a Servant Leader. The qualities are: honest, trustworthy, good role model, caring, committed, good listener, holds people accountable, treats people with respect, gives people encouragement, positive, enthusiastic attitude, and appreciates people.
The second list is a list of qualities about agape love, which means unconditional love. These qualities are found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a: patience, kindness, humility, respectfulness, selflessness, forgiveness, honesty, and commitment. This particular list has really made a difference in my life. When I saw that Jesus was talking about how we treat people, and not how we feel towards people, then suddenly it seems a whole lot more realistic to love our enemies, forgive as we have been forgiven, judge not lest we be judged, and to love others as much as Christ loves us.
These are life-changing qualities. If you apply all of these qualities to your life, then you will no doubt become a servant leader. But there is one more list of qualities I want you to look at.
If you remember, in The Qualities of a Servant Leader, I said that love and leadership go hand-in-hand. If you want to be a servant leader, you have to love those under your charge. There's no way around this. You have to have agape love if you want to be a servant leader. If you don't have unconditional love, then you'll never meet your full potential as a leader. If you don't have unconditional love, you won't be a model of Christ's love. If you don't have unconditional love, you won't be able to love others as much as He loves you. You won't be able to love your enemies. You won't be able to forgive as Christ forgives you. You won't be able to serve Him with your whole heart, mind, and soul if you don't have unconditional love. And that's why agape love is so critical: without it, your relationship with Christ will not be as strong as it could be.
If you don't believe me yet, I want you to look at the third list. This list of qualities shows you qualities a servant leader will have, what unconditional love looks like, and also what qualities a Christian will have. You probably know it as the Fruit of the Spirit:
In Galatians 5, Paul gives us a detailed list about what those fruits are. Galatians 5:19-21 is the list of bad fruit, the qualities and behaviors the non-Christians will possess and follow. Paul said that those who exhibit those fruit will not inherit eternal life. In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul gives us a list of the good fruit, the qualities Christians will possess. That list is known as the Fruit of the Spirit, and it's that same list that mirrors our other lists. Though they use different words, all three lists are describing the same things. Do you find it strange that a list describing a servant leader, a list describing unconditional love, and a list describing a Christ-follower are all essentially identical?
So what have we learned? What's the point of everything we just learned? In short, the point is that as Christians, we are to be servant leaders, and we are to love unconditionally. Isn't this what Jesus was telling us to do? Isn't that what He was saying when He said to love others as He loves us, forgive as you have been forgiven, judge not lest you be judged, love your enemies, and to take care of the poor, widows, and orphans?
Go and bear the fruit of the spirit. Display the qualities of a servant leader. Love people unconditionally. In doing so, you will bring glory and attention to God. In John 15:8, Jesus said, "This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."