Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 142

Scripture Passage: Judges 11:12-28
Wise Leaders Dialogue First
Although Jephthah was a mighty man of valour, he did not immediately go to war against the children of Ammon. As a wise leader, he tried to dialogue with the king of Ammon. The Bible says; “And Jephthah sent messengers unto the king of the children of Ammon, saying, what hast thou to do with me, that thou art come against me to fight in my land?” He was not afraid to fight against Ammon. But he knew there was a better way to resolve the issue. A less expensive and destructive way. He began the dialogue with a question as he tried to understand the grievances of the children of Ammon.
The lesson here is this; wise leaders dialogue first. They know the devastating impact of war on all concerned and so they avoid it by first engaging in dialogue with the opposition. Only when dialogue fails do they go to battle. Wise leaders seek peace and not turmoil.
Prayer: Father, give me a mouth and wisdom for effective dialogue.

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