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Summary: Love and loyalty exuded as traits God looked for and expected in leadership from HIS CHILDREN, followers of Christ Jesus.

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FOR JESUS’ LOVE

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Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid (June 13, 2017)

“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” (St. John 21:15-17, King James Version [Christ’s charge to Peter]}

Greetings in the Holy Name of Jesus,

My brothers and sisters, in relationships we find ourselves with expectations of how we want the relationship to be so we draw boundaries lines and place conditions on the future arrangements of our being one in friendship---our one body, our one love, of the love of Christ Jesus, of the love of God. We look to Leadership in all disciplines across industries and government in particular, we witness the Word (Jesus) in order to reflect on how God raised His children in His family, to believe. Jesus asked Peter for his love (St. John 15:21-17, KJV [Christ’s charge to Peter]. Love is a leadership trait that stands tall above many others for it is the love of God that allows us permits us to move in any direction in all our other relationships whether we go to the right or to the left the Holy Ghost Spirit that dwells inside of us guides us to stay on the straight and narrow not to fall by the wayside not to move forward as slaughtered sheep not to be led by the blind, in all our love, in relationships. Therefore, we count love---a leadership trait as a good faith. God required conditions on Abraham of leaving his country, leaving his family, leaving his father’s house to go to a land that God would show him in order to receive the blessings of a great nation, the blessing of his person, the blessing of his name made great, the blessing of God blessing those who bless him and cursing those who curse him and the blessing of all families of the earth (Genesis 12:1-3, KJV [God called Abram]). Circumspectly, the leadership trait of loyalty spoke volumes here in God and Abraham’s relationship for Abraham had to surrender all and submit to the Will of God, for everything which simply made a whole lot of sense, in purpose for living a good faith life for what are we without God, so, too, we count loyalty---a leadership trait as a good faith..

Who would bite the hand that feeds them, would you? Historically, Israel did just that notably right after receiving freedom from slavery in Egypt, right after God gave them freedom through the leadership of Moses, right after they walked out of Egypt with the wealth of the Egyptians, right after God split the Red Sea, right after God fed them manna every morning to sustain their flesh, right after God appeared on the top of Mount Sinai to guide Moses so that he could lead the family of God---the


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