When it comes to being a Christian, too often we’re taught to be “nice and loving” to others and that we can’t fight back. In the Old Testament, it’s an “eye for an eye” while in the Gospels we’re to “turn the other cheek.” Which is it?
One of the basic tenants of morality is the Ten Commandments, which all of them apply in business, but for this blog post, we’re focusing on one. The sixth commandment: “You shall not murder!”
Notice that this is a defensive posture towards others, not an offensive one. It’s about protecting your life and the lives of others, and your business from harm.
In protecting one’s life from harm, you need to have the right mindset, you need to “put on” the right mindset.
So what does the Bible say we’re to “put on” with our mindset and business:
Rom 13:12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Rom 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
1 Cor 15:53-54 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.
Eph 4:24 and put on the new self, which [fn]in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Eph 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
Eph 6:14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
Col 3:10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—
Col 3:12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;
Col 3:14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
1 Thes 5:8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
Notice in Eph 6:11, we’re to “put on the full armor of God.” That means we’re in a battle with evil, but we also put in a heart of compassion, i.e. defensive, but not heartless.
We want people to work with us, some will, some won’t, but we never close the door nor burn bridges, because God never did that with us.