“Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long (Psalm 25:4,5).
One of the toughest places to function in human existence is the workplace. If we are fortunate, we have friendly colleagues who even become our friends over time. If we are not so blessed, we have coworkers who are rude, controlling, unfriendly, angry and manipulative.
It is not surprising that we encounter people at work with the latter characteristics. After all, the apostle Paul wrote in third chapter of Romans that “there is no one who is righteous” (v.10), “there is no one who does good” (v 12). Paul describes their speech as coming from an “open grave”, being like snake poison, and full of “cursing and bitterness” (v.13-14). To sum up, he says they are miserable and ruinous people who do not know how to obtain peace (v. 15-17). No wonder we run into nasty people at work!
It helps to gain perspective on what we are dealing with in such people. We shouldn’t expect grace from those who haven’t received it themselves. But how do we handle them? It helps to think that outside of Jesus Christ we would have the same characteristics. If we are in Christ, we have received grace and can give it to those folks.
It also helps to trust God every minute of the day as we interact with them. Keep asking Him what to do and watch Him work!