Matthew 6:14: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Do Me Like Jesus: Funny thing about Jesus, what His Father does, He does. What He does, He expects us to do. So He expects us to do like His Father. An old song sings, “Can’t nobody do me like Jesus. Can’t nobody do me like the Lord.” That is true. No body treats me as good and forgiving as He does. And He expects me to do the same for others.
Team: Leadership was all about example to Greg. Over and over he mulled on the characteristics he needed on the team for the new member. They did not need to have a lot of experience leading others. It was more important that they had experience leading themselves. How had they handled life? How had they advanced their skills? How had they overlooked others’ problems in light of their own? Could they handle rejection of ideas without personalizing? Could they give examples of having to just accept offenses and get the job done?
Those thoughts pushed into his mind and challenged him in his own life. How had he been doing in being gracious to his co-workers? What about his family? What about his friends? Again, he went to prayer as he realized he was holding some things against other managers. He needed to get those settled and forgiven in his heart before he brought on a new team member. Otherwise, his angst would overflow onto the team.
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ACT! What did God forgive you of yesterday? Who needs your forgiveness? Write it off! Quit looking for payback. Set them free. Don’t even ask them to say, “I’m sorry.”
PRAY! Father, my hide is so tough. I like to do things my way. When I am honest, I know I would just like to do what I like to do. Help me forgive and forget. Help me not hold anything “against” another person. Help me be like You. Show me something to forgive today. Help me take a burr out from under my saddle and get free.