Leading with Love at Work

We want to take you on a brave faith and work leadership journey. One that requires an open mind and strong courage. A journey that will almost certainly yield incredible fruit in your work. Are you game?

Last Friday at our 12th annual WorkMatters Leadercast, WorkMatters unveiled a fresh perspective on faith and work to 1,900 leaders. We relaunched our 7 Pillars of Faith and Work with a powerful new eBook. More importantly, we added a new concept to the 7 Pillars that has the potential to radically change the workplace. To radically change you!

The concept? LOVE!

The Bible can feel overwhelming at times. So much wisdom. So many directives. But Jesus gave us two simple, straightforward commands that stand tall over all of the others. We know them as the “Great Commandment” in Matthew 22:37-38.  ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ And ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’

Said simply, “Love God and love others.” This potent command is applicable wherever you are … at home, in the community, and yes, even at work!

But we must recognize that “love at work” has a unique context. Love at work is not an emotion or a feeling like we might have for a family member. Instead, think of it as a verb, an action, a behavior.

These questions should provide some perspective on leading with love at work:

  • Do you … praise employees in public and counsel them in private?
  • Do you … forgive someone who has wronged you?
  • Do you … give generously of your time?
  • Do you … send handwritten thank you notes?
  • Are you … truthful with coworkers and do you communicate that truth in love?
  • How do … people feel after interacting with you?

Love is now the first and most substantial of the 7 Pillars of Faith and Work. It is foundational to the other pillars. It informs and motivates them. Consider these verses from 1 Corinthians 13:2-3: “… if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” And “If I give all I possess to the poor … but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Leading with love will have a powerful impact on your influence. Leading with love will have a powerful impact on your results! The question is: can you really be a brave leader and NOT lead with love?


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3 comments on Leading with Love at Work
  1. David Roth

    Thank you Patrick. Good post on leadership!

  2. Amory Dixon

    Biblical difference between
    “Being born in sin” and “Being born a sinner”

    1.- Can the breath of God, which gives us life, be contaminated with sin?
    Job 33:4 says: “The Spirit of God has made me,and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
    There is no way the breath of God could be polluted with sin! I believe we are born in a body contaminated by nature (Psalm 51:5 says: “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin, my mother conceived me.”). We inherit sin through the flesh (Romans 5:12), but the soul cannot be born sinful (Job 33:4, Ezekiel 18:4).

    2.- The Bible defines SIN as follows:
    1-John 3:4 says: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law”. To say that we are born sinners contradicts this biblical definition.

    3.- The Bible teaches the following about SIN:
    Romans 5:19 says: “For as by one man’s disobedience “many” were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall “many” be made righteous.”
    The Greek word “many” is the same in both cases, made sinners and made righteous. If some said that “the many” means “all”, that is to say … by the disobedience of a man “all” were constituted sinners “, then I would say: If “the many” means ALL, the second part of the verse would say that “by the obedience of one ALL will be made righteous.” If this were true, then…. Why preach the Gospel of Salvation if all will be supposedly saved?

    4.- Little children go to Heaven because they are not yet sinners
    (Deuteronomy 1:39; 2-Samuel 12:23). Romans 6:23 teaches that the wages of sin is death (separation from God). If Jesus said that babies (little children) (Matthew 19:14) go to Heaven is more than for simple “Innocence” or “Mercy”, since sin has a price and must be paid (Romans 6:23). This principle is taught in Leviticus 4:2-14, which says that when a person sins by mistake, he/she had to offer an offering to the Lord for his/her sin.

    5.- Jesus spoke of being spiritually born again. But to be born again, one must be spiritually dead, and secondly have been spiritually alive.
    In John 3, Jesus said that it was necessary “to be born again”. That Greek word is used only three times in the Bible. Some people translate the word as “being born from above”, but by Nicodemus´ answer it cannot mean that, since he understood to return to his mother´s womb, and be born a second time (John 3:4). Furthermore, Galatians 4: 9 translates that word as “again” (when it says …. you desire to be enslaved all over again?) Nicodemus understood that Jesus was speaking about the flesh, but Jesus told him that He was speaking of spiritual things – “You must be born again,” he said.
    Now, I ask myself: What requirements have to be met to “be born again”?
    Firstly, you have to be spiritually dead (Galatians 2:1). And secondly, you must have been spiritually alive. Otherwise the Bible wouldn’t use the word “again” if a person had never been spiritually alive. It would simply use the words “spiritually born”.

    6.- By Nature children of wrath.
    Ephesians 2:3 says: “Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”
    Is this Scripture talking about the soul or the body? Nature in this verse is the Greek word fisis that means growing by germination – natural production (lineal descendant), genius or natural disposition, natural, human nature. In its verb form is the word fuo which means germinate or grow (sprout, produce) – literal or figurative: sprout, be born.
    What grows in the mother´s womb? The soul or the body? The answer is “the body”.

    7.- Nobody is going to go to Hell for Adam’s sin.
    Each person is responsible for their own sins. (Revelation 20:12 says: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.)

    Romans 3:12 says: They are all gone out of the way, they are together unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
    The Greek word “Out of the way” can also be translated as “deviate”, “turn away”; in other words the Scripture is saying that at a given time “All were on the way”. The Scripture doesn´t say that we are all born out of the way.
    Deuteronomy 1:39 says: Moreover, your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good or evil, shall enter there, and I will give it to them and they shall possess it.
    God´s sovereignty:
    – Sanctified before birth.
    Jeremiah 1:5 says: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
    – The wicked get contaminated in their mother´s womb, and they have a known future.
    Psalm 58:3 says: The wicked are estranged from the womb;These who speak lies go astray from birth.
    Proverbs 16:4 says: The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.

    9.- I will not blot out his name out of the book of life.
    To say that we are born spiritually dead doesn´t answer the questions about Revelation 3:5 (He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.)
    Is every human being´s name written in the Book of Life when he/she is born? (with the exception of Revelation 13:8; Revelation 17:8)
    If we answer “Yes” (the names are written in the Book of Life at birth), then I ask: Why is it called the Book of Life, if we are supposed to be born spiritually dead? Furthermore, if we answer that our names are written in the Book of Life, and supposedly we are born sinners, then when our names are erased from the Book of Life we would lose our salvation.
    If we answer “No” to the question, then I ask: Whose names are going to be blotted out from the Book of Life, if the names written in it when receiving Christ cannot be erased?
    Now, if we are born “no sinners”, we can conclude that those who sin and don’t receive Jesus as the Savior of their souls, then they will be lost forever in Hell, when their names are blotted out from the Book of Life.

    How do children learn to sin if they are not by nature sinners?
    Children sin in a similar way as Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden. He was tempted and sinned. Once he was defiled with sin, he lied, and committed any kind of sin. After Adam, unmistakably people sin, because Romans 7:18 says: “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.”
    Some people say that the blood of Christ covers their sins, but one may ask: Where in the Bible is that Scripture written? The Bible teaches: Revelation 22:18 “I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book”

    Why does the Bible call the fruit of the womb “a blessing” if we are supposedly born sinners?
    Psalm 127:3 says: “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

    That the majority of orthodox, biblical and conservative theologians (L.S. Chafer, Strong, Bancroft, Scoffield, Dixon, Towns, Willmington, Ironside, Rice, Evans,… to mention a few) teach that to be born with the sinful, fallen, destitute nature of the flesh… does it mean that this is the same as being born with the soul contaminated by sin?
    One thing is the flesh and another is the soul. Jesus said in John 6:63: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” And Paul said in Romans 7:24 and 8:6: “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of his death?…….. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.”

    Why don’t children need to be taught to sin?
    Because we are born in a polluted body, as the Scripture says in Romans 7:17: “So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.”

    When we confess our sins to God (1 John 1: 9), does God cleanse our souls from all evil, or our bodies?
    Our souls, since flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God … (1 Corinthians 15:50)

    But the Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)?
    Amen! But…. it doesn’t say that all are born sinners, but all have sinned.

    Romans 8: 3 teaches us that Christ was born in the likeness of sinful flesh just like us, but He NEVER sinned. (The word likeness is the same used in Philippians 2: 7 which says that Christ was made in the likeness of men). Romans 8: 3 says that Jesus Christ was born IN A SINFUL FLESH (100% man), but even though he was tempted like us He never sinned — God cannot be tempted by evil (100% God). God the Father did not give ANY ADVANTAGE to His Son – He was born just like us, in a sinful flesh.

    Hebrews 2:14 – 18
    Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the [c]descendant of Abraham. Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

    Hebrews 4:15
    For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

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