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March 16, 1994

The Tender Warrior

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One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God are strong, and that you, O Lord are loving. PSALM 62:11-12
Stuart Weber penned the book Tender Warrior to describe the manner in which a godly man should live. What an apt description and foundational philosophy for how to treat others—with strength and with love.
In a single breath, God conveyed this twin thought to David, and David poured it into a psalm: “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving” (Psalm 62:11-12).
What a picture of God’s character. God is mighty, but He’s also gentle. He’s powerful, but He’s also kind. He is the epitome of a tender warrior. What a model for how we should carry ourselves around our families, our friends, our coworkers, and our customers.
Ask yourself the hard questions about your own character. What is it about you that is strong? Make a list. Do others see these things as strengths? And are these strengths of God? If so, they will be balanced by love. What is it about you that is love? Make a list. Do others see these things as love?
Could your coworkers look at you and say that in your words and actions they see a consistent theme in your character—both the love and strength of God? In other words, are you a tender warrior?

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