January 17, 2018 – Wednesday
Matthew 22:37-39 [RSV] And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
I recently made an insensitive remark over general working conditions, and my coworker took it personally. When I saw the hurt I had caused, I tried to apologize but my coworker would not talk to me. While another attempt to mend the hurt made some progress, the glares and avoidance remained.
Then a call from someone in need brought my coworker and I together in service to use the different skills we each possess. Our working together was required to help this person out of her dilemma. We both started to feel God’s presence in the midst of that encounter, and it wasn’t until we felt God’s presence that our relationship was restored.
Life is full of relationships, chief among them are the people we work with and those we serve. Our Lord gives us just two commandments, and both entail love. When we invite God into our relationships and allow His guidance, we are made whole – through love of Him and each other.
Today, look for God’s presence in your relationships with coworkers and clients. Yes, seek loving relationships with each other and with God. His love will flow to, and through, you.
Today at work, know that wholeness comes spiritually, personally, and professionally when you seek loving relationships with each other and with God. Jesus commands this of you.
Dear Heavenly Father, from Whom my wholeness comes, guide me in seeking relationship with You and my coworker. Bind this relationship with love so that Your Kingdom may be strengthened this day. For it is in Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.
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