My boss came to me a few days ago and told me that I needed to speak to one of the men who worked under my supervision. I was told that this man was constantly quarrelling with one of the women he worked with, and it was beginning to cause friction among the rest of their crew.
I promised my boss that I would talk to the guy later on in the shift. Then I got myself alone out in my vehicle and I prayed.
I knew that this particular man confessed to be a born-again Christian, so I wanted to deal with the problem from that perspective.
As I prayed, I was reminded of a scripture that tells us to love our enemies. So, I went to my bible and wrote down three verses. Then I went to speak to the man in question.
“What do you have against this woman?” I asked.
“I don’t like her.” Was his quick reply.
“But God loves her,” I said. “And He tells us to love our enemies.”
“What don’t you like about her that causes your bad behavior toward her?”
And he told me in no uncertain terms what he didn’t like about her.
I told him that this person is a sinner, “just like the rest of us.” Then I asked him, “Before you accepted Christ into your life, what kind of person were you?”
He nodded his head. He knew what I meant. Then I told him that… “It just so happens that I have been praying for this particular woman for almost three years now.” And then I said, “Instead of treating her as an enemy, why don’t you join me in praying for her?”
His eyes got a little misty and he nodded his head in agreement. And he tried to speak but it just came out in a whisper, “Ok, I can do that.”
I told him that he needed to be a good witness for the Lord. I said, “You may have been put into this situation for that very reason. If people see your nasty attitude toward her, you are not being a good witness for God’s love.”
This is a good lesson for all of us, don’t you think? We need to be doers of the word (James 1:22).
I mean, really; we need to project the love of God among the people we work with. If you are REALLY a born-again Christian, you need to REALLY start showing it.
Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21… “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
“Do the will of the Father…” i. e. love your enemies.
I mean, really, this is what it comes down to:
“Go therefore and make disciples..”
“Love your enemies”
“Do unto others…”
Do the will of the Father. Living a Christian life; displaying a Christian attitude; it comes from the heart. I mean, really; try it, you’ll like it.
Go with God, amen.