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Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures to Take You Through the Toughest Times at Work

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Christian work ethics like the whole study of Christian ethics has been a concern of the church through the ages. Ethics itself, philosophically, is good for the work place; but Christian Ethics of work from amazing motivational scriptures is mind blowing. I am amazed at what I am discovering, it is a lifetime eye-opener. Ethics generally is what is normative, absolute. It refers to a set of standards around which we organize our lives and from which we define our duties, obligations, and what we ought to do.

I Choose to Surrender

This study of Christian Ethics of Work and the 120 Motivational Scriptures here fit into the definition of Christian Ethics according to L. S. Keyser, an American Lutheran Scholar. According to Keyser, Christian Ethics is “the science, which treats the sources, principles, and practices of right and wrong in the light of the Holy Scriptures.” It cannot be wrong to say that some management theories and ideas can comfortable find their roots or comparable guidance in the Christian Bible.

I waited in silence, transfigured, reviewing what I have discovered. If only I and every other person reading and sharing this, will put them to heart and apply them in the workplace. The change to Work-life will be transformational; beyond worklife balance into, life work. done daily, with the hope of finishing well!

Join me as we explore the Holy Scriptures, letting its words to provide guidance on Christian work ethics, especially using these amazing 120 motivational scriptures. Each of them can take you through the toughest time of your worklife at work, or through the craziest work stress period. Look out for those guidance on how to handle tough work place relationship and commitments.

Part 1: Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures

Be Diligent and Always do Excellent Work as Service to God, Self and Not Man (Others)

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”

Colossians 3:23-24/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.”

Ecclesiastes 9:10/ NLT (New Living Translation)

The Lazy Still Work to Have Desires

“I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense. I saw that it was overgrown with nettles. It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down. Then, as I looked and thought about it. I learned this lesson. A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit. Scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.”

Proverbs 24:30-34/ NLT (New Living Translation)

“Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, for their hands refuse to work.”

Proverbs 21:25/ NLT (New Living Translation)

“A lazy person is as bad as someone who destroys things.”

Proverbs 18:9/ NLT (New Living Translation)

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A Lesson from the Ant

“You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. Nobody has to tell it what to do. All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions.
So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed?
A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest!”
Proverbs 6:6-11/ MSG (The Message Bible)

Some Honest Comments About Faithfulness in Big and Small Things
Wealth: Receiving and Giving It

“Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19/ The Message (MSG)

Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, ‘You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ”

And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.”

So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. Luke 18:18-30/ New King James Version (NKJV)

The Challenge of Small

Jesus went on to make these comments: If you’re honest in small things, you’ll be honest in big things; If you’re a crook in small things, you’ll be a crook in big things.
If you’re not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store?
No worker can serve two bosses: He’ll either hate the first and love the second. Or adore the first and despise the second. You can’t serve both God and the Bank.”
Luke 16:10-13/ MSG (The Message Bible)

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:23/ NIV (New International Version)

“Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.” Luke 19:17/ NIV (New International Version)

“Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.”

Proverbs 18:9/ The Message Bible (MSG)

“He who is careless in his work is a brother to him who destroys.”

Proverbs 18:9/ Amplified Bible (AMP)

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”

1 Corinthians 15:58/ New Living Translation (NLT)
I am an Employee, a Staff, Not a Worker or a Slave

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.”

Colossians 3:22/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.”

Ephesians 6: 5-6/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

1Corinthians.10:31/ New Living Translation (NLT)

Part 2: Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures

Work as a Source of Personal Blessing, Wealth, Provision, and Independence

“A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.” Proverbs 12:11./ New Living Translation (NLT)

“If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.”

Ephesians 4:28/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!” Psalm 90:17/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17/ New International Version (NIV)

“Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.”

Proverbs 22:7/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.”

Proverbs 10:4/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“A wise youth harvests in the summer, but one who sleeps during harvest is a disgrace.” Proverbs 10:5/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.” 2 Timothy 2:6/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Work hard like a farmer who gets paid well if he raises a large crop.” 2 Timothy 2:6/ Living Bible (TLB)

Work to Earn Your Own Living

“Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be!” Psalm 128:2/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!”

Proverbs 14:23/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“If you care for your orchard, you’ll enjoy its fruit …”

Proverbs 27:18/ The Message (MSG)

There is a relationship between, “Work brings profit, but mere talk leads to poverty!” and “If you care for your orchard, you’ll enjoy its fruit …” First, it is mere talk that leads to poverty, not WORK TALK. You know, where your TALK is your WORK.

But more importantly is the fact that EVERYONE’S WORK is our TALK!. If you care for your mouth-what comes out of your mouth, you will enjoy its fruit… “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29/ New International Version (NIV)

Part 3: Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures

Work-Life (Its Deliverables, Job Security & Relationships) Should Be Without Anxiety

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

Matthew 6:34/ New Living Translation (NLT)

 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.” Romans 13:4/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” Romans 13:1 / New Living Translation (NLT)

Part 4: Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures

Be Focused, Be Disciplined. Develop Your Skills at Work-Life to Lead

Being a Christian does not mean we should quote or apply the scriptures wrongly. For example, quoting that I will be the head and not the tail while not working. Demanding that because promotion does not come from the East or the West but from God, so I must get promoted even if I do no deserve it. Or having prayer vigil and Praying Until Something Happens (PUSH); especially so that the riches of the heathen (including the riches of my nice, hardworking or terrible boss and co-workers) can be transferred to me.

Rather, as a Christian, we will work hard. We will be excellent learners, who will study and practice to sharpen our skills and increase our knowledge so we can be more productive.

“In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8/ New Living Translation (NLT)

Doing Your Best for God

“So, my son, throw yourself into this work for Christ. Pass on what you heard from me—the whole congregation saying Amen!—to reliable leaders who are competent to teach others. When the going gets rough, take it on the chin with the rest of us, the way Jesus did. A soldier on duty doesn’t get caught up in making deals at the marketplace. He concentrates on carrying out orders. An athlete who refuses to play by the rules will never get anywhere. It’s the diligent farmer who gets the produce. Think it over. God will make it all plain.” 2 Timothy 2:1-7/ The Message (MSG)

We, humans, are funny in how we are choosy as to who we obey. Except for a few on hunger strike as a form of protest, or someone fasting or those who are sick, rarely will you see someone refusing to obey the rules of what to do when hunger commands.

If you can find examples of defiance to the command of hunger, can you share with me, examples of those who refuse to obey the command to open the lungs and breath – continuously? Even those refusing to obey the commands of hunger know their limits. We need to stop snubbing the laws and dictates of God, especially as revealed in His Word, the Holy Bible. Cherry picking is tantamount to disobedience. Or what do you think?

Part 5: Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures

At Work, Don’t Harm or Oppress Your Subordinates or Workers

“Never take advantage of poor and destitute laborers, whether they are fellow Israelites or foreigners living in your towns.” Deuteronomy 24:14/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“And masters, treat your servants considerately. Be fair with them. Don’t forget for a minute that you, too, serve a Master—God in heaven.”

Colossians 4:1/ The Message (MSG)

“And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.” Ephesians 6:9/ New King James Version (NKJV)

“God hates cheating in the marketplace; he loves it when business is aboveboard.”

Proverbs 11:1/ The Message (MSG)

“All the workers you’ve exploited and cheated cry out for judgment. The groans of the workers you used and abused are a roar in the ears of the Master Avenger. You’ve looted the earth and lived it up. But all you’ll have to show for it is a fatter than usual corpse. In fact, what you’ve done is condemn and murder perfectly good persons, who stand there and take it.” James 5:4/ The Message (MSG)

 “When giving your decisions,’ I told them, ‘never favor a man because he is rich; be fair to great and small alike. Don’t fear their displeasure, for you are judging in the place of God. Bring me any cases too difficult for you, and I will handle them.” Deuteronomy 1:17/ Living Bible (TLB)

Don’t Build Your Palace By Defrauding Your Workers

“You shall not rob nor oppress anyone, and you shall pay your hired workers promptly. If something is due them, don’t even keep it overnight.” Leviticus 19:13/ Living Bible (TLB)

“Don’t abuse a laborer who is destitute and needy, whether he is a fellow Israelite or foreigner living in your land and in your city. Pay him at the end of each workday; he’s living from hand to mouth and needs it now. If you hold back his pay, he’ll protest to God and you’ll have sin on your books.” Deuteronomy 24:14-15/ The Message (MSG)

“So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify …, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, … ” says the Lord Almighty.” Malachi 3:5/ New International Version (NIV)

“Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.” Jeremiah 22:13/ New International Version (NIV)

“Give a bonus to leaders who do a good job, especially the ones who work hard at preaching and teaching. Scripture tells us, “Don’t muzzle a working ox” and “A worker deserves his pay.”

1 Timothy 5:17-18/ The Message (MSG)

“Don’t be tyrants, but lead them by your good example.”

1 Peter 5:3/ Living Bible (TLB)

The Essential But Seemingly Insignificant Worker Group

“But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?” 1 Corinthians 12:22-24/ The Message (MSG)

The COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown showed man what is essential services and who is the essential worker. It also reminded us all about the group of people that dominates the essential workers’ workforce. Sadly, it showed us who gets better treatment at work, better pay, and more generous conditions of service. What followed was the Great Resignation.

Part 6: Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures Motivational Scriptures

Don’t Work to Harm Your Health, Soul, and Body

“Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11/ The Message (MSG)

“You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17/ The Message (MSG)

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Smoke, Nothing But Smoke – Vanity – Blown Away By The Wind

“Smoke, nothing but smoke. [That’s what the Quester says.]

“There’s nothing to anything—it’s all smoke. What’s there to show for a lifetime of work, a lifetime of working your fingers to the bone?

“One generation goes its way, the next one arrives, but nothing changes—it’s business as usual for old planet earth. The sun comes up and the sun goes down, then does it again, and again—the same old round.

“The wind blows south, the wind blows north. Around and around and around it blows, blowing this way, then that—the whirling, erratic wind. All the rivers flow into the sea, but the sea never fills up. The rivers keep flowing to the same old place, and then start all over and do it again.” Ecclesiastes 1:1-18/ The Message (MSG)

Choosing Peace, Restrain, Burn Out or Riches

“Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.” 

Romans 12:11/ The Message (MSG)

“Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.”

Proverbs 23:4/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich; restrain yourself! Riches disappear in the blink of an eye; wealth sprouts wings and flies off into the wild blue yonder.”

Proverbs 23:4/ The Message (MSG)

“One handful of peaceful repose Is better than two fistfuls of worried work – More spitting into the wind.” Ecclesiastes 4:6/ The Message (MSG)

“Better to have one handful with quietness than two handfuls with hard work and chasing the wind.”

Ecclesiastes 4:6/ New Living Translation (NLT)

In This Brief Silly Life, I have Seen it All

“I’ve seen it all in my brief and pointless life—here a good person cut down in the middle of doing good, there a bad person living a long life of sheer evil. So don’t knock yourself out being good, and don’t go overboard being wise. Believe me, you won’t get anything out of it. But don’t press your luck by being bad, either. And don’t be reckless. Why die needlessly?” Ecclesiastes 7:15-17/ The Message (MSG)

“In this silly life I have seen everything, including the fact that some of the good die young and some of the wicked live on and on. So don’t be too good or too wise! Why destroy yourself? On the other hand, don’t be too wicked either—don’t be a fool! Why should you die before your time?” Ecclesiastes 7:15-17/ Living Bible (TLB)

“Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart.” 

1 Timothy 4:8/ The Message (MSG)

“Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?” Mark 8:34-37/ The Message (MSG)

“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” Mark 8:36/ New Living Translation (NLT)

Work-life Balance and Taking Care of Your Body, Mind and Soul

“There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body.” 

Luke 12:23/ The Message (MSG)

“For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.”

Luke 12:23/ New International Version (NIV)

“You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17/ The Message (MSG)

“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.” Matthew 6:27-29/ The Message (MSG)

Though Childhood And the Prime of Life Are Fleeting – There is Far More to Your Life

“Therefore, remove sorrow and anger from your heart and put away pain from your body; for childhood and the prime of life are fleeting.”

Ecclesiastes 11:10/ Amplified Bible (AMP)

“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes, or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” Matthew 6:25-26/ The Message (MSG) (Also see Luke 12:22)

Don’t Worry About Missing Out – Steep your life in God-reality

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Matthew 6:30-33/ The Message (MSG)

I smiled reading this, “Don’t worry about missing out.” I am really fussing over all the housing construction boom happening all around me, in my estate, in the city, and in the country. Worried that I am not digging in too, investing for the future, simply because I am sinking in funds for the children’s education. But I know growing up, that is how I also felt I was missing out – all the available space then was being taken up for developments. The current area now experiencing a boom, was a wasteland, not in consideration at all. So, when He is ready for me – maybe my vast wasteland will become the next big thing.

Hating Your Body – Eating to Live? Get Out of Bed And Get Dressed – For Healthy Life!

“For no one ever hated his own body, but [instead] he nourishes and protects and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church” Ephesians 5:29/ Amplified Bible (AMP)

“You know the old saying, “First you eat to live, and then you live to eat”? Well, it may be true that the body is only a temporary thing, but that’s no excuse for stuffing your body with food, or indulging it with sex. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body!”

1 Corinthians 6:13/ The Message (MSG)

“But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!” Romans 13:11-14/ The Message (MSG)

Overcoming Workplace Pressure

“Come to me and I will give you rest—all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke—for it fits perfectly—and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give you only light burdens.” Matthew 11:28-30/ Living Bible (TLB)

“I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress.”

Psalm 32:8/ Living Bible (TLB)

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].” Isaiah 26:3/ Amplified Bible (AMP)

God Has Lost Track of Me, My GPS-Transponder Must Have Gone Bad. Or God Just Don’t Care?

“Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.

“He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” Isaiah 40:27-31/ The Message (MSG)

Part 7: Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures Motivational Scriptures

Work is a Divine Institution with Divine Interest

“The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.” Genesis 2:15/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” Proverbs 16:3/ New King James Version (NKJV)

“And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, …” Colossians 3:17/ Living Bible (TLB)

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28/ New Living Translation (NLT)

Place Your Life Before God

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2/ The Message (MSG)

The Bread of Life

“Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.” John 6:27/ The Message (MSG)

Part 8: Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures Motivational Scriptures

Managing Workplace Relationships, Anger, Conflicts, Revenge, Toxicity, and Battles

“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” Philippians 2:14-15/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.” Romans 12: 14/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12: 15/ New Living Translation (NLT) 

“Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!”

Romans 12: 16/ New Living Translation (NLT) 

Live in Peace – Let Not Evil Conquer You

“Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.” Romans 12: 17/ New Living Translation (NLT) 

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”

Romans 12: 18/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” Romans 12: 19-20/ New Living Translation (NLT) 

“Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.” Romans 12: 21/ New Living Translation (NLT) 

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9/ New Living Translation (NLT)

Keep Vigilant Watch Over Your Heart – Let People Respect The Way You Live

“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Do to others as you would like them to do to you.”

Luke 6:31/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life.” Proverbs 4:23/ Living Bible (TLB)

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

Proverbs 4:23/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.” Proverbs 4:23-27/ The Message (MSG)

“Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family.” Proverbs 6:16-19/ The Message (MSG)

Strive, Don’t Get Fatigued Working For The Benefit of All

“So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” Acts 24:16/ New International Version (NIV)

“Don’t think only of yourself. Try to think of the other fellow, too, and what is best for him.” 1 Corinthians 10:24/ Living Bible (TLB)

“So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.” Galatians 6:10/ The Message (MSG)

Relating With The Boss

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” Hebrews 13:17/ New International Version (NIV)

“Pray in this way for kings and all others who are in authority over us, or are in places of high responsibility, so that we can live in peace and quietness, spending our time in godly living and thinking much about the Lord. This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he longs for all to be saved and to understand this truth:” 1 Timothy 2:2-4/ Living Bible (TLB)

“Do for others what you want them to do for you. This is the teaching of the laws of Moses in a nutshell.” Matthew 7:12/ Living Bible (TLB)

“… if you honor your boss, you’ll be honored.”

Proverbs 27:18/ The Message (MSG)

Loving and Relating With “Unlovable” Colleagues

“Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness. Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.” Romans 12:20-21/ The Message (MSG)

“Love each other with genuine affection and take delight in honoring each other.” 

Romans 12:10/ New Living Translation (NLT)

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels.” Proverbs 15:1/ Living Bible (TLB)

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Matthew 5:44/ New International Version (NIV)

“A greedy and grasping person destroys community; those who refuse to exploit live and let live.” Proverbs 15:27/ The Message (MSG)

“Owe nothing to anyone except to love and seek the best for one another; for he who [unselfishly] loves his neighbor has fulfilled the [essence of the] law [relating to one’s fellowman].” Romans 13:8/ Amplified Bible (AMP)

“Conduct yourself with wisdom in your interactions with outsiders (non-believers). Make the most of each opportunity [treating it as something precious].”

Colossians 4:5 AMP (Amplified Bible)

“Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.” Colossians 4:5-6/ The Message (MSG)

Part 9: Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures Motivational Scriptures

Celebrate Your Success at Work as a Witness of Christ

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 New Living Translation (NLT)

“So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you—you’re eating to God’s glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory. At the same time, don’t be callous in your exercise of freedom, thoughtlessly stepping on the toes of those who aren’t as free as you are. I try my best to be considerate of everyone’s feelings in all these matters; I hope you will be, too.” 1 Corinthians 10:31-33/ The Message (MSG)

Part 10: Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures Motivational Scriptures

Work Provides an Opportunity for Christian Witness

“But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” 

1 Timothy 5:8/ New Living Translation (NLT)

Even working in the home or volunteering as a retired person is good enough.

“If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.” 1 Peter 3:15/ The Message (MSG)

Honoring Christ As a Committed Employee – Relating Well With the Boss

“You who are servants, be good servants to your masters—not just to good masters, but also to bad ones. What counts is that you put up with it for God’s sake when you’re treated badly for no good reason. There’s no particular virtue in accepting punishment that you well deserve. But if you’re treated badly for good behavior and continue in spite of it to be a good servant, that is what counts with God.” 1 Peter 2:18 -20/ The Message (MSG)

“Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them; and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted. So that in every way, they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.” Titus 2:9-10/ New International Version (NIV)

Make The Best of Your Circumstances

“Whoever is a slave must make the best of it, giving respect to his master so that outsiders don’t blame God and our teaching for his behavior. Slaves with Christian masters all the more so—their masters are really their beloved brothers!” 1 Timothy 6:1-2/ The Message (MSG)

“Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.”

Romans 12:11/ New Living Translation (NLT)

Christian Ethics of Work and Motivational Scriptures to Take You Through the Toughest Times at Work


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