Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people,
but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord – Lev. 19:18
There are wonderful, intelligent, caring individuals who have propelled you along in your career, or been there for you when we’ve struggled. There are others whose words or actions have killed your career or emotionally wounded you. In the workplace there are individuals and companies who act with impeccable integrity and there are others who will do anything to accomplish their goals even if it isn’t ethical or legal. There are individuals who make excellent leaders and care about their employees, and others who have no concept or concern of the impact their decisions have on other people.
Sometimes we’re tempted to think that God is sitting up there in Heaven watching people and when he sees someone become a Christian, he calls out to Gabriel, “Quick, bring me my book, this pen is out of ink, get me another pen! I need to write down everything that has happened and will happen to this new Christian! Now I have to start watching over this person.” We know this isn’t the case. God was watching over us before we became Christians, and wrote down the plans for our lives in his book before we were born.
God knows each person, God created them in his image, God loves them, God gave them the skills and talents they have. People may not be aware, or may not care that they are fearfully and wonderfully made, but that doesn’t change who created them. People may not be aware of God’s love for them, but that doesn’t change God’s love for them. People may act like God doesn’t exist but God still knows what they’re thinking and saying.
As you bask in the love Christ has for you, as children of the Most High, imitate Christ by loving your neighbors, loving your co-workers, loving your customers no matter how they may treat you. For your Heavenly Father loves them as much as he loves you.
Thank you, Lord, for the people at work you have placed into our lives. Thank you for the skills and abilities you have given them. Give them wisdom to do their work with excellence. We thank you that you know what is going on in their lives, that you created them, and that you have blessed them with hopes and dreams. Father, we pray that you would grant them the desires of their hearts, and that one day they would acknowledge you as Lord. Amen
“To you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”