Character Development, Service Delivery, and Workplace Ethics 1


Character Development, Service Delivery, and Workplace Ethics for Christian employees are embedded in Basic Christian Living. The areas deal with the very basics of living out one’s Christianity. A characterless person cannot serve God and humanity. Ethics, or personal values, is a critical issue in today’s workplace. People without personal values cannot value God or others. Services rendered at work translate to services rendered to God. I will be analyzing these core traits that endear us to Jesus Christ as His disciples. If employers and employees fail to follow high standards of conduct, organizations cannot prosper.

A.Character Development: 

Character is the total of personal traits an individual possesses that makes them what they are. Character refers to moral qualities, ethical standards, and principles that govern a person’s conduct and cause him to choose one course of action. Christian character growth is based upon a person allowing God to develop His attributes in their personal life. Character development is a continuous process and depends on the constant “beholding” of the Lord through His Word. Peter emphasizes this in 2 Peter 1:3-8 (LB): 

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Do you want more and more of God’s kindness and peace? Then learn to know Him better and better. For as you know Him better, He will give you everything you need to live a perfect life through His great power: He even shares His glory and His goodness with us! And by that same mighty power, He has given us all the other rich and beautiful blessings He promised; for instance, the promise to save us from the lust and rottenness all around us and give us His Character. But to obtain these gifts, you need more than faith; you must also work hard to be good (VIRTUE), and even that is not enough. For then, you must learn to know God better and discover what He wants you to do (KNOWLEDGE). Next, you must learn to put aside your desires (TEMPERANCE) so that you will become PATIENT and GODLY, gladly letting God have His way with you. It will make possible the next step, which is for you to enjoy other people and to like them (BROTHERLY KINDNESS) and finally you will grow to love them deeply (CHARITY). The more you go on in this way, the more you will grow strong spiritually and become fruitful and helpful to our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:3-8 (LB)

 Therefore, it is clear that Christian character requires we constantly work at these areas of our lives as we walk by faith daily. We can never become what God wants us to be on our strength – we must trust Him to produce His Character in us. But neither can we sit back and wait for this to happen spontaneously. We must work hard at obeying what God reveals to us from Scripture. Fleshy and Christian character traits are emphasized in both the Old and New Testaments – Proverbs 6: 16, 17; Galatians 5:19-21; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peters 1:3-8; Matthew 5:3-12

Continuation Tomorrow…..

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