God created each of us with a special, unique purpose. Our individual personality and character plays a large part in our purpose and destiny. However, we must grow and mature in Christ to become who God intended. Growing in knowledge and power is the fasted way to make a positive contribution to God’s plan. Our individual purpose works together for the larger purpose of building the Kingdom of God. My personality can be a force of nature; I can be loud, opinionated, and a know-it-all. In the past, when someone offended me I let them know exactly how I felt. After all it is the principle of the matter, right? Wrong, my communication methods were not effective nor did they bring God glory. Recently, I had a terrible experience with on my job. I was being singled out and bullied. My natural reaction was to tell the offender off. However, I am a new person in Christ. I have experienced the living Word of God in my life. I am learning how to be a reflection of God’s love. I began to be quiet and listen for direction. I learned the attack was not about me. I learned that people in pain do one of two things. They either attract more pain to themselves or they radiate pain to others. The love of God is the only power strong enough to break this cycle.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (curing their pains and their sorrows). He determines and counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by their names. Great is our Lord and of great power. His understanding is inexhaustible and boundless. ~ Psalm 147:3-5 (Amp)
The title, “Bring Christ into the Workplace”, may produce an image of a bible toting Christian, preaching to co-workers about their sinful lives and evil ways. However, this is a message of grace. Responding with the love of God in our workplace—to people we don’t know, people we know casually, and even people who hurt us—is a demonstration of God’s grace working through us. God’s grace first gives us the strength to walk in love even when we are hurting. Second, God’s grace helps us to walk in peace in the middle of the storm. God’s grace gives until it overflows. When God gives us anything it has the capacity to meet our needs, then it overflows to touch others. God’s grace will make us victorious, while changing someone else’s life. Submitting to the Will of God produces peace and clarity in our minds. We can then hear from God and receive His wisdom and direction. God’s ways are not our ways; He will ask us to do things that seem backwards in our natural mind, like loving our enemies. But the results are better than we could ever imagine and most importantly God gets the glory through our obedience. The simple act of demonstrating the love of God brings God glory, victory to every situation, and peace in every storm.
God loved us when we were in sin, mean, and self-destructive. He did not allow us to die because we were terrible people. He gave us abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven. God’s love is so vast, He never sees our flaws; He only sees the people He created us to be. God sees us operating in our purpose. He sees us fulfilling our destiny. He sees us with our inheritance.
As we operate in the Grace of God, we must extend grace to others. We must look past peoples’ flaws and see them as children of God. God sees them as children of promise; we should look through His eyes. We can achieve it by focusing on the things of God; others will then see a greater peace and anointing in our lives. They will want what we have and then their hearts will be open to receive God’s love. Those who are hurting will receive the gift of salvation, deliverance, peace, and joy. They will begin to love themselves and God will break the cycle of pain. There are three things that remain—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.~ I Corinthians 13:13 (TLB) Extending the gift of grace—God’s love—towards others is an important part of building the kingdom of God.