Monday, March 10, 2008

Love at Work


Last night at our homegroup through our church we discussed love. We talked about what love is from the world's perspective and then from God's perspective. A verse we focused on was 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 which most of us have heard (however few of us have really paid attention to) as it is read at most weddings.

It is interesting to note that this passage is not limited to romantic love. Throughout the Bible we are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves and in fact we are told this is the second greatest commandment behind loving God (Matthew 22:37-40). So loving others means everyone we come in contact with, even those we work with.

In many cases we are encouraged not to have romantic relationships with those we work with. However, we are commanded to still show love to those we work. So how do we do that?

The following list taken from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 gives us some ideas as it shows us what love is and what it is not:

Love is:
Patient
Kind
Keeps no record of wrongs
Rejoices with the truth
Always protects
Always trusts
Always hopes
Always perseveres
Love is not (or does not):
Envious
Boastful
Proud
Rude
Selfish
Easily angered
Delight in evil

As you can see from the list above, love is not a feeling but a verb. We must choose to take action to show love to others.

Imagine what your workplace would be like if everyone did what is mentioned above. For that to happen, it needs to start with someone. Why not you?

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