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Forgiveness in the Workplace

The heart is a mysterious mechanism. Science has studied the inner workings of this organ and understands the physiology with precision; but how does the heart work in relationship to emotions? When we say, "My heart aches." What does that really mean? How does the heart really work?

It's hard to forgive. My head is smart enough to know - to go through all the proper motions associated with the act of forgiveness; but my heart is not so smart and not so quick to catch on. It still hurts. My heart holds onto anger and bitterness long after the head has been able to reason a hurtful event away.

Matthew 6: 14-15 "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." (NIV)

Wow - my head gets that one. If I don't forgive those who trespass against me, God is not going to forgive me. That's serious.

Why, then, is my heart so slow to catch up?

Romans 7:15-20 "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it." (NIV)

We have a heart condition. It is sin.

Loving coworkers and forgiving them when they do not treat us well can be very challenging. Alas, it is what God calls us to do. God does not leave us to this difficult task on our own, but has given us the power of the Holy Spirit working through us.

John 14: 26-27 "But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (NIV)

Be encouraged in your faith at work today.

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