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Daniel 6: 4 “So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.”

 

 4 So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.

The governors and satraps tried to dig up a charge against Daniel’s leadership out of jealousy.  They wanted to find a way to discredit him. 

PRINCIPLE: 

Success of some always leads to jealousy in others. 

APPLICATION: 

Whenever we find ourselves in leadership whether in politics, business or Christian work, there are those who are jealous of our accomplishments.  Their envy will attempt to diminish us.  They will look for any weakness, any flaw to detract from the leader.  They will use it against the leader. 

Christian leaders are always targets of Satan to undermine the trust of God’s work.  Jealousy and envy always destroy what they touch.  It is a destructive power.  It is petty. 

Pr 27:4 “Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent,

But who is able to stand before jealousy?”

Mt 27:18 “For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.”

Ac 7:9 “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him…”

  For the sake of Jesus Christ and the testimony of the church, leaders should be blameless (not sinless). 

Ac 24:16 “This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.”

Ph 2:15 “…that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…”

Not all leaders are blameless so there is a need for objective criticism of leadership that is free from envy.  Love always believes the best until it knows otherwise.

1 Co 13:7 “…bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

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