Business Relationships

We spend a great deal of our waking hours at work with other people, whether in an office, a shop, or at home. The Bible has guidance on those relationships.

Day One: Christian Business
Are there certain laws, rules, or principles that delineate a secular business enterprise from that of a Christian business? What are the identifying hallmarks of a Christian business? Are there any biblical guidelines to managing a Christian business?...
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For more, see "What should it mean to be a Christian employer?"

Day Two: Communication
The two most important types of communication are between man and God and between human beings. Communication is more than just our ability to talk, but also to listen. As we communicate with God, the first part of that communication is listening...
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For more, see "What does the Bible say about conflict resolution?"

Day Three: Compromise
To compromise is to make concessions or accommodations for someone who does not agree with a prevalent set of standards or rules. The Bible makes it clear that God does not condone compromising His standards...
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For more, see "What does the Bible say about teamwork?"

Day Four: Criticism
Criticism is the act of judging unfavorably or faultfinding. It is often appropriate to judge a person, thing, or action unfavorably. In fact, a true friend will speak the truth even when itís hard to hear: "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy" (Proverbs 27:6)...
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For more, see "Dealing with negative people—what does the Bible say?"

Day Five: Decision Making
The Bible offers many principles to aid the process of making decisions that honor God. The following list is not exhaustive, but it does represent many teachings of Scripture...
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Day Six: Expectations
Expectations can be high or low, reasonable or unreasonable, good or bad. The Bible speaks of expectations of redemption, expectations of judgment, delayed expectations, realized expectations, and unrealized expectations...
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For more, see "What does the Bible say about dealing with difficult people?"

Day Seven: Failure
o fail from time to time is only human, but to be a "failure" is when we are defeated by failure, refusing to rise and try again. Christians sometimes believe they should be immune to failure by virtue of their relationship with God, but the truth is that God often allows us to fail for a variety of reasons...
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Published 8-10-16