February 20, 2018 – Tuesday
Galatians 6:1-2 [NIV] Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you may also be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Matthew 6:12 [NIV] Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors
Have you ever worked with “that” model employee? You know, the one who is the consummate professional, shows up early each day, never complains, gets her own work done ahead of time, helps others complete their tasks, and even volunteers for extra duties or assignments? Do you ever wonder what makes that coworker tick?
I once worked with that model employee. She was a wonderful to be around, and fun to work with. Yet, one day I observed her taking money from the office snack room – yes, stealing money. As I struggled to think how I should react, I determined I needed to confront her.
In a private setting with our supervisor as a witness, I told this person what I saw her do with the money. She immediately admitted to her offense. With tears in her eyes, she told us that her husband had abandoned her and her three children. While she knew it was wrong to take the money, she took the money just to be able to buy food for her children. Well, in a great move of compassion and forgiveness, my boss first gave her the opportunity to return the money and then followed up by giving her $50 to help her in her time of need!
As humans, we often are quick to jump to judgment and condemnation every time someone makes a mistake. Yet Jesus tells us to have compassion and forgiveness. Scripture calls us to forgive and gently help to restore the person who has done wrong to a place of peace.
Today at work, before passing judgment, remember that every coworker is going through different challenges in life. Be encouraging and take the time to show genuine interest in their lives. Your interest could save a person from sin or help make his or her life better even in a small way.
If someone in your workplace fails today, will you show compassion and forgiveness?
Lord, today at work, please help me be kind to others when they sin. Help me be forgiving and help to restore them as You restore me. Help me assist them with their burdens. Ultimately, use me as Your beacon of light to lead others to You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Reagan Hinton, M.A.
International Justice Mission