tough n tender.

Tough n tender may be an impossible combo for a steak, but not for a leader.

It is by far easier to end up with a tough heart and tender skin, but Jesus shows us that it is possible to maintain a tender heart and tough skin.

Jesus Christ was the toughest and most tender leader to ever walk the face of the earth.

What an example...

  • Tough enough to make a whip and run a bunch of religious thugs out of His Fathers House. (ref)
  • Tender enough to be repeatedly moved by compassion and weep over Jerusalem... (ref)

The prophet Hosea gives us a glimpse into why this lifestyle was possible for Jesus.

lilly sprouting (tender)
roots casting out like Lebanon (tough)