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Matthew 13:25 says, “25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way”. Second Corinthians 2:11 says, “11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices”. Matthew 26:40-41 says, “40 And He cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak”.

 

When Christians are in a spiritual state of slumber, sleep, and no watchfulness, they are weak and not aware of the devices, strategies, schemes, plots, and assignments of the devil towards them. Consequently, the door is made to be open for the devil and demons to bring tares (that which appears to be light but is full of darkness) into the person’s life, family, church, business, community, and nation.

 

Romans 13:11 tells us, “11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed”. We have to know from God the time and season that we are in. First Corinthians 15:34 adds this, “34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame”. It is a severe indictment upon us to say that we are in Him and not know what He is doing. Ephesians 5:14 goes on to say, “14 Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”. It is up to us to make ourselves come out of lethargy and let the Anointed One and His anointing enlighten our lives, vision, and purpose. Last of all, Revelation 3:2 commands us, “2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God”. Spiritual sleep allows destruction and death to set in.

 

So, let us all arise, wake up, be watchful and prayerful in order to strengthen ourselves and all that are around us. Amen.

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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