If you aspire to disciple or mentor others, then ask God to build these qualities into your life:
- WISDOM: The result of taking God seriously.
“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding… The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.” (Proverbs 4:7; Psalm 37:30; See Proverbs 8:33-36; Deuteronomy 4:6)
- COMPASSION: The ability to hear what another is attempting to put into words without judging.
“As God‘s chosen people… clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you“. (Colossians 3:12, 1; See Matthew 9:13; 1 Corinthians 16:14)
- RESPECT: for others and their stories and their times.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3, 4)
- CONFIDENTIALITY: Not violating another’s secrecy.
“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.” (Proverbs 11:13)
- SELF-DISCLOSURE: The willingness to share your life and journey when appropriate; a willingness to be honest.
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16a; See Acts 19:18; Matthew 3:6)
- A SCHOLAR: Continually reflecting on one’s own experiences and relationship with God; growing through study of the Scriptures and exposure to quality literature.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15; See Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Philippians 4:8)
- DISCERNMENT: The ability to sense the movements of the spirit and heart.
“The purposes of a man‘s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding (literally: discernment) draws them out.” (Proverbs 20:5; See Proverbs 16:21)