1 Corinthians 16:14, Whatever you do, do it with kindness and love.
Ephesians 4:2, Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
Since this is Labor Day week, I thought I would share five biblical principles about our work.
The first three biblical principles are: work enthusiastically, work for God not for your company, and work on your character and not just your career.
Biblical work principle #4 is to care about the people with whom you work! The Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 16:14, “Whatever you do, do it with kindness and love.” This kindness and love should impact those around us at work- our coworkers, our employer, our employees, our clients… Whatever we do (work/play), we should demonstrate this kindness to both the people we like and the people who rub us the wrong way. It is easy to show kindness and love to people at work that are likable; however, we tend to ignore or be rude (intentionally or unintentionally) to those who bother us.
In Ephesians 4:2 it says, “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” In other words, no one is perfect. If you really care, the Bible says you will be humble, gentle, patient, and forgiving of their faults. Imagine what a positive impact you could make at the office if you started genuinely caring about those around you.
So today, pick ONE person to treat better… one individual at your job to show kindness and love.
Take care…and have a blessed week at work!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D