Bind the ties of love and courage
Today's nomenclature calls it tough love. Some call it a tough mind and a tender heart. Elijah had both. He loved God. He had the courage to speak to the evils of his day. Where is your God, he asked. "Perhaps he's sleeping and will wake up!" (1 Kings 18:27).
His sarcasm showed his disdain for those who had forsaken God. In every effective leader's life, there is a time for love, but also a time for courage. It may not come quickly. It will, however, come eventually. If the leader becomes too passive can lacks the courage to act, he will lose his leadership role. Effective leaders have the courage to speak even when it is unpopular to speak because they speak the truth with love.
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.” - James 5:17