The Christian Public Servant – “love and do good”

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May 24, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

Luke 6:27(b) [ESV] Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.

Reflection

My family and I are dealing with so much. A cousin was shot coming home from work, and we learned yesterday he will not make it. Saying goodbye is always hard, but it’s easier if you have made peace. So, my cousin began apologizing to his children and wife, and other family members, for making many mistakes and not “being there” on too many occasions. Although he couldn’t make up for lost time, he wanted a clean slate. He wanted to strengthen weakened relationships. This tragedy has been a hard pill to swallow, but it just goes to show that you never know when it’s your time.

The scripture tells us to love and do good. This is Jesus’ commandment to you and me. This includes our enemies and those with whom we are not “right.” Not just those in our families, but those in all areas of our lives – including at work. It includes those who have hurt us, and those whom we try to hurt in return. As Jesus reminds, it is too easy to get caught up in our feelings and forget we all make mistakes.

Is there a coworker who is mean or unpleasant? Someone who constantly keeps the drama dial on high? The one who makes so much trouble, you try to stay clear? Perhaps a former work-friend who wronged you about something – and now that friendship is past?

Today at work, greet that person with a pure heart of forgiveness. Show love and do good. Know you cannot move on until you forgive – even if no apology to you is forthcoming and no forgiveness for her is desired. Do not worry about things like that. After all, it is your workday (and your life) that is at stake.

Travelling to work today, realize you don’t know when your time is up. Follow Jesus’ commandment: love and do good. Period.

Prayer

Dear Lord, instill in me the desire to forgive. Lend me Your strength to let go of wrongs in the past that still have me emotionally shackled. At work today, let me love and do good. Let me heal and be healed. I ask this in Your name. Amen.

Tabitha Ammons
Jackson Public Schools
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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