Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
When you struggle against the negativity that surrounds us these days, you wonder how anyone can live in peace. After you’ve prayed for that complainer you work with and she doesn’t seem to change, you wonder how to deal with it.
There is a way to have peace in the work place. James 1:25 reminds us, “But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” God blesses us when we take action on what he’s said. James 1:22 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
We pray to our “Dear Heavenly Father” because he’s our parent who has instructed us and expects us to listen and do what he says. That’s Parenting 101. He expects us to obey him just like we expect our kids to obey us.
God wants us to be students of his wisdom. We should be learning individually and in gatherings so we can apply and perform what we learn in the Bible. Our job is to love God and love people. We can do a much better job of that when we’re continually refiling our inner storehouse with God’s wisdom.
When a new problem appears, we have to find a new tool or a rarely used one from our inner storehouse. If we practice using the tools of Courage, Resilience, Attentiveness, Patience, and Flexibility, we’ll be better at using them when they’re needed.
Do not limit yourself to just your local Bible study. Continue in your church’s Bible study, but add to that knowledge by reading helpful books. My book, Heroine: Rising to the Challenge, helps people develop these tools and feel stronger and more peaceful when problems arise. I created a free Mini-Guide that helps you record your journey so you can remember what worked, what didn’t, and what would be a better plan for next time.
It’s better to practice doing what you’ve read in the Bible and find a new approach to a recurring problem.
You can have peace in the workplace, even if you’ve already tried prayer. Don’t give up. God is still there.