March 9, 2017 – Thursday
Colossians 3:12-13[NLT] Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
The Greek translation of forgiveness is to let it go. If you’re like me, how many times do you find yourself so angry or offended that you cannot let it go? Does this ever happen at work?
It’s happens to me at work. Sometimes it seems I just can’t forgive a coworker or supervisor. But when I don’t let it go, God is convicting me because He has already set me apart and shown me the character He desires me to exhibit. My faith leads me to repent and, when I do, God forgives me! Yes, He will let it go only when I let it go!
I am not talking about workplace harassment or bullying or violence. If that happens to you, please take action because God does not want you to be harmed.
But if someone offends you in routine ways – still important ways – forgive that person. After all, He has chosen you to be one of the holy persons He loves – even in your workplace. So today, wear the clothes of tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Yes, today at work, let it go.
Lord, teach me not to hold on to those things that distort or jeopardize my witness. Let me remember who You are in times of chaos. Teach me Your art of forgiveness, and let me never forget to Whom I belong. Let me not fall into the traps of the world’s standards. Rather, transform me and guide me. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
LaShonda Garnes, MPA
Business Operations Manager
Public Works & Utilities Department
City of Wichita
Wichita, Kansas USA