The Christian Public Servant – “love them you must”

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January 29, 2018 – Monday

Reading

Romans 13:8 [NKJV] Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.

Reflection

In a recent TV interview, a top politician of one party was asked his opinion of a top politician in the opposition party. Frankly, the answer given was unexpected: “Let me tell you right now. I love him.” I echoed the interviewer as we both gasped, “What?” This politician went on to detail where he disagreed with his opponent, and argued that he would continue to support his party’s positions, but said that he would always love his opponent.

Imagine how hard that must be! It’s one thing to try to get along with people with whom you disagree, but love them? It’s sometimes hard to love your own family, let alone coworkers!

But as a Christian, love them you must! God doesn’t say following Him is easy; but it is what you and I must do to reach His Kingdom. And scripture reminds us that the task of loving is never done. There is never a point where you can say, “That’s it! I’ve loved enough!”

Furthermore, love doesn’t stop just with those with whom it may be easy to love. No; you are called to love all people. Yes; love them you must! Only by loving everyone do you show true obedience to God and fulfilling His law.

Today at work, it will not be easy to obey God. While you are called to serve Christ and His Kingdom, your coworkers may be devoted to the secular. Start with: love them for the commitment to their work. Or start here: love them when they fail at a task. Or start here: love them for the baggage they may bring to work. Regardless, love them you must!

Loving at work won’t be easy but, as that politician learned, loving is godly. Loving fulfills His law.

Prayer

Lord, at work today, help me love all those around me as You call me to do. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.

Michael Bednarczuk
Assistant Professor and Chair
Department of Public Administration
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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