Masters Men: Leadership
Biblical Leadership Traits
NAU Titus 1:8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled,
BGT Titus 1:8 ἀλλὰ φιλόξενον φιλάγαθον σώφρονα δίκαιον ὅσιον ἐγκρατῆ,
A number of terms capture the flavor of “just” (δίκαιος) Upright, righteous, law-abiding, honest, good, fair, innocent, justice, custom, proper, and etc. In fact the term was applied to model citizens in the Graeco-Roman world. (Gingrich 49). Common word – 512 uses in LXX and NT.
The concept is similar to holy. In essence, because of the legal use in a courtroom, it means that God has pronounced approval of the leaders conduct. Specifically, the leader has conformed to God’s standards; thus he has done right according to the rule or customs deemed desirable by God, the judge.
The larger concept is that God has expectations for the Christian’s being and doing. A just believer is one that meets those expectations! He is rightly related to God in that he matches the character and requirements of God.
So, we can see that this passage may also imply not only that the elder is just in his being but also in treatment of others. Thayer 1415 says it this way: “In a narrower sense, rendering to each his due; and that in a judicial sense, passing just judgment on others, whether expressed in words or shown by the manner of dealing with them…“ NAU Colossians 4:1 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.
- What external “things” are likely to influence you to treat people in an unfair way?
- Examine your own conduct. Describe the last time you treated someone unfairly. What do you conclude regarding the reason for your conduct?
- Is there a difference between treating people according to justice verses according to law?
- Read the story of Joseph in Matthew 1. He is described as a “just” man in v 19. Please list ways that this characteristic plays out in his handling of Mary’s pregnancy.
Ask your wife to cite instances in which you treated her unjustly.
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Posted on Mon, June 11, 2018
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