Are you leading? Lead humbly as a servant leader! Consider what Jesus did and how He did it! Do you realize how you are called? Follow in obedience! God’s plan is good! His ways are better than our ways! Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight!
Today’s reading starts on the subject with
5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
–from Philippians 2
God will never leave you nor abandon you! He is Emmanuel — God with us! As we are going into the Christmas season, we can remember this! We are celebrating the birth of Jesus who came, emptying Himself and being born at a humble time in a humble way. Not during a time when everyone could have seen or known about it because of the internet and tv. He came to pay the ransom for you and for me that we can be reconciled back unto God! Have you asked Jesus into your heart? If not, why not today? Ping me if you would like to talk about it more!
Today’s reading continues with …
5 then a throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David one who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness.”–from Isaiah 16
He responds in the right way! He does what is right! He is light, in Him there is no darkness! He is love! All He does is right! Turn to Jesus the King of kings and Lord of lords!
Today’s devotional (Conflict At Work day 7 of 7) concludes the devotional series. It speaks from today’s readings too. We are to do what is right! We are to be ambassadors of peace! We are to bridge the gap in order to address and resolve the conflict! Consider this…
Be Eager to Do What is Right
The book of Isaiah describes God’s servant as “eager to do what is right.” The Hebrew reads, more literally, “He will . . . be quick [to do] righteousness.” When we remember that righteousness means right relationships, we recognize that Jesus calls us to prioritize addressing broken or strained relationships. It’s not easy, and often we’d rather put off the hard work and vulnerability of seeking to mend our relationships.
For example, when our urge is to ignore or hide conflict with others at work, we must instead acknowledge the conflict and talk with the people involved (not gossip with others). When we would rather keep it to ourselves, we should ask wise people for help in getting started (in humility, not in hopes of gaining an upper hand). When we would rather build a case against our rival, we should instead build a case for them, or at least acknowledge whatever their good points are. If we have done wrong, we should admit it and ask for forgiveness. When we have been wronged, we should forgive. And when we think we don’t have the energy to engage the other person, but would rather just write off the relationship, we must let God’s power and patience substitute for our own.
In this we seek to imitate our Lord, who “emptied himself” of personal agendas and so received the power of God to live out God’s will in the world. If we do these things, then our conflict can be resolved in terms of what the true issues are, rather than our projections, fears and resentments. Usually this leads to a restored working relationship and mutual respect, if not friendship. Even in the unusual cases where no reconciliation is possible, we can expect a surprising “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.” It is a sign that even a broken relationship is not beyond the hope of God’s goodness.
Gracious Lord, it’s hard sometimes to initiate reconciliation. I don’t like conflict; I often would rather avoid and deny than be quick to do what’s right. Forgive me when I delay doing the right thing. Help me be eager to do what is right and quick to obey. Amen.
–from Conflict At Work day 7 of 7