The Real Deal

“Be wary of false preachers who smile a lot, dripping with practiced sincerity. Chances are they are out to rip you off some way or other. Don’t be impressed with charisma; look for character. Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned Matthew 7:15-20 (The Message)

The next characteristic of leaders and caregivers is “Genuineness”. Genuineness disarms defenses. Sincerity and integrity are words which come to mind for this characteristic. In order to be real, transparent, and not phony in our dealings with others, we need to have at our core the fruit of GOODNESS. Goodness is a wholehearted seeking of good and positive aspects of people, (Philippians 4:8), desiring the best for them.

In breaking down some of the synonyms of the word “genuine” we see the word sincerity.  This comes from two Latin words, sine and cereus. Taken in the original and literal sense, this means “without wax”. In Roman times, when a marble sculptor put the words “sine cereus” on the work it meant that no wax had been used to cover up a small flaw in the marble. The piece could not be “sine cereus” if there were some wax covering a flaw. Hence comes the word, sincere- from sine cereus.

We are called upon to be genuine in our dealings with others, not covering the flaws with “a little wax”. We all do things to cover our flaws to varying degrees, and it is understandable. We are, after all, human, and we want to be seen in the best light by others. However, if we are in a position of leading or caring for others, to the extent that we can be genuine and as transparent as possible, the more we are trusted, and the more we are effective to those whom we serve.

Prayer: Lord, we are all works in progress. Help us to acknowledge this for our benefit, and the benefit of those whom we serve, Amen

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