Yesterday one of my co-workers called us all together for a quick Bible study…it’s one of the major perks of working for a church! And his challenge to us was Romans 12:9-18 – Marks of a True Christian. Now, I can only speak for myself, but I have certainly not acted in a true and faithful manner towards my co-workers of late. In fact, much like in families, I believe the phenomenon “Familiarity breeds contempt” applies to workplaces as well. And I’ll call a spade a spade: Walking the walk, day in and day out, at church, home, and work is the hardest thing I’ve ever been called to do.
Verse 9: Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
Can you say you really love your co-workers? Back to that agape characteristic…you don’t chose your co-workers. Y’all come from all different walks of life, backgrounds, histories, agendas, etc. So what. Love them. Get messy, get vulnerable and be humble.
What is wrong? Gossip, contempt, resentment.
Goodness is virtue and holiness in action. It results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. It’s a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person.
The Greek word translated “goodness,” agathosune, is defined as “uprightness of heart and life.” Agathosuneis goodness for the benefit of others, not goodness simply for the sake of being virtuous. From Got Questions
What is good? The Gospel, love, acceptance, support, grace, patience. A quality of a spirit filled person. A desire to be a blessing.
Can I be a blessing under my own power? Not for long…ha ha, maybe an hour on a good day. Like every other characteristic of the Holy Spirit, GOODNESS is not of ourselves but of God. He is the vine and I am the branch. Not only that, but it will require great humility…submitting to others, but more importantly, submitting to my Lord. Because, guess what? Not everyone will respond to my goodness. It’s not like I’m gonna walk into the office today and everything’ll be great. It’s gonna be hard! People are people. I am people!
But it’s not about the people is it?
It’s about being obedient to God.
It’s about becoming refined and becoming more like Him.
It’s character over comfort.
Final note…pray for your church staff…wherever you call home. Pray for your leaders, teachers, supervisors, managers, bosses. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together so let’s band together rather than tear each other apart.
18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. – DM