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Leadership Lesson: Business Principles of Nehemiah 10 (Contracts) – Last week we looked at admitting when we deviate from biblical business standards and our verbal professions, either knowingly or unknowingly. Does my walk match my talk?

Nehemiah writes in Chapter 10, The document was ratified and sealed with the following names: Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah. Nehemiah 10:1a NLT As a leader, he begins with himself. Do you ever ask people to do what you would be unwilling to do?

Then he lists all those who signed the document. In verse 29 we read, now all heartily bound themselves with an oath. They vowed to accept the curse of God if they failed to obey the law of God as issued by his servant Moses. Since they signed the contract, why make an oath?

Back in 9:38 Nehemiah wrote “Yet in spite of all this, we are making a solemn promise and putting it in writing. On this sealed document are the names of our princes and Levites and priests.” They began with a solemn promise, put it in writing, and then took an oath. Then they verbally delineated their vow! Why all the redundancy? Do you think their commitment was deepened by this process?

Business contracts are often backed by bonds. Is your word your bond, personally and in business?

Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount, “Again, you have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Do not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say, don’t make any vows! If you say, ‘By heaven!’ it is a sacred vow because heaven is God’s throne. And if you say, ‘By the earth!’ it is a sacred vow because the earth is his footstool. And don’t swear, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. Don’t even swear, ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Your word is enough. To strengthen your promise with a vow shows that something is wrong. Matthew 5:33-37 NLT The message of Jesus? Your word should always be your bond.

How is your company’s reputation? Do you always deliver what you promise? Do you ever promise what you can’t deliver? When you and your company’s word is your bond, you will stand out, and be a witness to the world!

Bit of Wisdom

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them. Proverbs 11:3 ESV

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