"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. And love your neighbour as yourself."

Loving your neighbour... at work

In the opening chapters of the Bible we read about humanity being made in the image and likeness of God. Not just any God, but the God with a name YHWH Elohim. The God who can be known. The God who is personal.

Personality - the ability to know and be known - is a defining dimension of human identity. It is as hard-wired into us as any genetic traits. To be human is to know and be known by others. More than that, to be human is to love and be loved by God and by others.

Of course in a world made imperfect by sin, love is distorted, humanity is damaged, the ideal is lost. But the heart of the gospel is that God seeks us out and reconciles us to himself as Jesus takes our sinfulness upon himself. And as people miraculously reconciled to the loving personal God, and indwell by his Spirit, we are given new opportunity to live and to love as we were created to do.

So, what happens when we go to work and we have bosses, colleagues, clients, rivals? Where we face bullying, mobbing, back-stabbing, cold-shouldering or just indifference?

The way we choose (with the Lord's help) to practise love at work will underpin or undermine everything we want our colleagues to know about Jesus. Start by praying for the people you work with... then see where the Lord takes you.