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Guidelines for Workers and Those Under Authority

Tasks

  • Don’t try to get out of your current situation too quickly (1 Cor. 7:17-24).
  • View stress and trouble in perspective (2 Cor. 4:7-18).

Supervisors

  • Develop a respect for authority (Rom. 13:1-8).
  • Do your work wholeheartedly and respectfully (Eph. 6:5-8; 1 Thess. 5:12-15).
  • Give your employers obedient, hard work (Col. 3:22-25; 1 Thess. 4:11-12).
  • Honor bosses, whether they are believers or not (1 Tim. 6:1-2).

Coworkers

  • Develop a reasonable self-estimate (Rom. 12:3).
  • Acknowledge differences and accept the contributions of others (1 Cor. 12:1-8).
  • Help others, but do your job (Gal. 6:1-5).
  • Learn to speak appropriately and sensitively (Col. 4:6).
  • Understand others and treat them respectfully (1 Tim. 5:1-3).
  • Develop a reputation for good relationships (Titus 3:1-2).

Responsibility

  • Give your whole self to God (Rom. 12:1).
  • Develop the art of discernment in order to live responsibly (Eph. 5:15-18).
  • Do your work as if working for God—you are (1 Cor. 3:13; Col. 3:17).
  • Don’t let your responsibilities weigh you down with worry (Phil. 4:6).
  • Take responsibility for yourself (1 Thess. 4:11-12; 2 Thess. 3:8-9).
  • Develop a godly “workstyle” (Titus 2:9-10).

Finances

  • Live frugally and do not steal—including pilfering (Eph. 4:28).
  • Care for your family (1 Tim. 5:8).

The Word in Life Study Bible, New Testament Edition, (Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville; 1993), p. 706

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