5 Attributes of Godly Authority

In Proverbs 16 we are given 5 verses defining the attributes of a king (more than any other chapter). How does this apply to us today?

Learning to walk in godly authority is so important for leaders, fathers, or anyone of any type of influence.

Learn these 5 lessons today:

  1. Wisdom- “The king speaks with divine wisdom; he must never judge unfairly.” The greatest of all attributes for a person of authority is wisdom from God. Who better demonstrates this than Solomon?
  2. Justice- “ A king detests wrongdoing, for his rule is built on justice.” Without justice, the authority of any leader will be undermined and eventually fail.
  3. Honesty- “The king is pleased with words from righteous lips; he loves those who speak honestly.” Any form of untruthfulness is extremely unbecoming for a person of influence. Always tell the truth!
  4. Temperance- “The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise will try to appease it.” A person entrusted with godly authority must never act in anger. Anytime this does happen, there must be immediate apology and restitution. All anger is reserved for injustice and sin, never for ignorance or annoyance.
  5. Joy- “When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a spring rain.” Godly authority should reflect the very nature of God and His rule is marked with great JOY! The Bible tells us that “He sits in the heavens and laughs”.

Takeaway: Do you desire to walk in godly authority? Do you look at these attributes and feel your leadership reflects these important guideposts? Which of these is a definite strength? Which of these is your greatest weakness? (I am probably highest on justice and weakest on temperance)

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you become a person of godly authority by increasing all of these attributes in your life and leadership.

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‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:10, 12–15, 32‬ ‭NLT‬‬