HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
Spiritual leaders are optimistic not because man is good but because God is in control. The leader must not let his discontentment become disconsolation. When he sees the imperfection of the church he must say with the writer of (Hebrews 6:9), “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.”
The foundation of his life is Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
He reasons with Paul, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
Without this confidence based upon the goodness of God manifested in Jesus Christ the leader’s perseverance would falter and the people would not be inspired. Without optimism restlessness becomes despair.