I know its been awhile but here is the next in our series in regards to leadership. Last time we looked at "temperate" and this time we will be looking at the term "prudent". Another characteristic of an overseer. I will first point out that this term is translated a number of ways depending on the Bible you use. For instance the NASB uses prudent, while the NIV and ESV use the term "self controlled", and the KJV uses "sober". The actual Greek term is sophron. The idea here is to be sound of mind, discreet, moderate as to opinion or passion, sober. As a kid I was told that God gave me two ears and one mouth for a reason and here it is. The need to listen twice as much as talking. Everyone has their opinion and passion, but a prudent person will be one who will listen and be of sound mind, only speaking as the Lord leads. As we look at the characteristics we may develop an image of a 110 lb weakling, waiting to be walked all over. However if you have ever been in a place where you needed to restrain your tongue you can appreciate how difficult it can be to not just blurt out your thoughts, leaving the hearer battered and bruised. Jesus displays the proper way to be prudent in the events of Mark chapter 11, when Jesus drives the money changers from the temple. He spoke truth as the Lord Himself rebuking the improper behavior of these men. We see it in verse 17, "He began to teach and say to them". Wow, always an opportunity to instruct someone in the way which he/she should go, and with a heart to help and crush. We could all use a hand when it comes to this area.
Keep it in the WORD!