October 10, 2017 – Tuesday
1 Corinthians 13:3(b) [MSG] So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
There is a student in my cohort who takes every opportunity to question Christ. Very strange for a student at a Christian university, he tries to prove Jesus is just a myth. Because the rest of us are Christians, his constant antics get us very angry. My friends know that he is filled with hate, and his anger intentionally inflicts as much pain as possible. It is way too easy to return hatred back to him.
I bet you have a coworker like this student. Someone so full of hatred, he is willing to attack your values to make a point. And like my friends, your first tendency might come from human nature. After all, it’s easy to counter hate with hate. And so, you would like to shut him up and teach him a lesson.
As Christian public servants, we can’t do that. God expects you and me to respond differently. God directs you and me to love the haters at work and everyplace else. Merely witnessing our faith is not enough. We are required to show the love of Christ.
At work today, ask God for patience in dealing with that “troubled” coworker. (I will do the same with the “troubled” student.) When faith is attacked, show the love of Christ. When weakness is discovered, show the love of Christ. When anger rises to the sky, show the love of Christ.
Whether in a workroom or classroom, today do the unexpected. When tempted to do otherwise, show the love of Christ. And how blessed you will be!
Lord, be with me today as I enter my work space, and give me patience in dealing with those who verbally attack You through me. Allow me to respond with Your love and kindness. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Chip Harrell, M.A.
J.D. Candidate and President
Student Bar Association
School of Law
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA