I receive daily devotions (Leadership Promises) from John Maxwell and  they are very enlightening so I thought about it before but now I decided to do it. I will post his daily devotions for you guys so that u can reflect on them as well and grow as a christian and leader in your daily walks. Feel free to share your thoughts on the daily posts as well… Here is today’s devotion…

May 6
The Tough and Tender Leader
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10

In his previous letter to the church, Paul played the role of the tough leader. He instigated conflict. In this letter, he speaks more from a personal viewpoint, more from his heart. He exudes tenderness.

In 2 Corinthians 7, the apostle discusses how he caused the Corinthians sorrow, but distinguished between good sorrow and bad sorrow. Every leader will find this distinction profitable to understand.

Consider the differences:
Bad Sorrow                                           Good Sorrow
1. Pain goes on indefinitely                     1. Pain is temporary
2. Example: Judas  (Matthew 27:3-5)       2. Example: Peter (Luke 22:54-62)
3. Leads to regret and death                   3. Leads to repentance and life
4. Suffering based on selfishness            4. Suffering based on God’s will

Leaders should never seek revenge or desire to hurt someone just to vindicate their action. The pain they bring should have the constructive purpose of repentance and recovery.

The Maxwell Leadership Bible

I may post yesterdays and the ones prior for this week as well. But remember “in order to be a leader you must be a follower FIRST”.