The Christian Public Servant – “demonstrating love for God”
August 21, 2017 – Monday
Proverbs 21:23 (NIV) Those who guard their mouths and tongues keep themselves from calamity.
Luke 23:24 (NIV) Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
The break rooms at work can be filled with all sorts of conversations – talk about progress on a project, what you might do after work, things going on around your house, and other various topics. At times, these conversations may not be productive. You know, gossip, rumors, criticisms of others. and the list goes on.
In my break room, one of my coworkers is always complaining about her ex-husband. It seems that with every break, she tells everyone about her most recent contact with him. He wants forgiveness and reconciliation. But, she wants no part of it and is openly judgmental of him. This person is unloading all of her baggage to anyone who will listen. Her actions clearly are not demonstrating love for God.
You know, it’s hard not to bring baggage to the workplace much less speak about it to coworkers. Yet, sometimes that very baggage reflects more than your relationship with another person – it may reflect your relationship with God. You and I need to ask, “Are my actions demonstrating love for God?”
In my house as I was growing up, I was often instructed to, “Think before opening my mouth to speak.” Another rule was, “If you cannot say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.” Don’t these rules sound familiar? Shouldn’t we as Christian public servants use these rules in the workplace too?
Scripture tells us to be guarded in what we say. The Word also says we should not judge. We are to stand against Satan and his demons and pray for and forgive people. God commands us to forgive even when it is not requested.
Today at work whether you are in your office or your break room, guard what you say. Reflect on God and His word. If you find yourself judging someone, even if that someone has hurt you, STOP! Leave judgment to God. Encourage others by being the example of forgiveness.
Be the one demonstrating love for God. It will make the workplace and the world a better place. Now go have a great day!
Father God, I stretch my hands to you asking for continued guidance. I need you now more than ever, Lord. Keep me in your arms and direct my path so I no longer allow the enemy to move for me. Allow me to guard my tongue and be forgiving of others as You, Lord have forgiven me. Help me to demonstrate my love for You. In Jesus’ name, I pray for your grace and mercy. Amen.
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