And it grieved me bitterly… (Nehemiah 13:8).
When Nehemiah was angered at those who either deliberately or unintentionally sinned, his anger brought swift and decisive action—
- He threw away people’s stuff
- He issued explicit commands
- He confronted other leaders
- He issued strong threats
- He beat people up (really!)
- He excommunicated
Yet in all these actions he did not sin. He prayed in between many of these episodes, “God, remember what I have done. Show me mercy. Reward me for this good I have done.” And nowhere after these prayers do we see God rebuking Nehemiah for mishandling his emotional responses.
A mark of a godly leader is one who handles his strong emotions in a God-honoring way.
A leader’s prayer: Father, in my anger keep me from sin. May even my strongest of emotional responses bring glory to You.
This is Part 12 in my series on godly leadership. You can check out all of my posts by clicking here.