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Biblical Business Principles – Last week we focused on Developing Committed Employees. Do you have committed employees? To what?

This week we will focus on Company Policy. Do you have a written company policy?

Does your Company Policy align with God’s policies, precepts and principles? Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed. Joshua 1:8 NLT Is your Company Policy rooted in your Core Values?

Does your Company Policy align with governmental requirements? Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there. All governments have been placed in power by God. So those who refuse to obey the laws of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow. Romans 13:1-2 NLT Does your Company Policy include provisions to protect both the employee and the company?

Does your Company Policy align with your industry’s standards?

What do you do when people violate Company Standards?

Nehemiah had this problem. In Nehemiah 13 (NLT) we see how he dealt with this problem. Nehemiah had returned to Babylon, and without his leadership to keep the standards, things slipped. Have you noticed how things tend to slip toward the negative, and not toward the positive? While Nehemiah was gone, the storeroom supervisor, violated policy by allowing a misuse of the storeroom; and the Levites had not been given what was due them, so they and the singers who were to conduct the worship services had all returned to work their fields. I immediately confronted the leaders and demanded, “Why has the Temple of God been neglected?” Then I called all the Levites back again and restored them to their proper duties. (vs10-11); then One Sabbath day I saw some men of Judah treading their winepresses. They were also bringing in bundles of grain and loading them on their donkeys. And on that day they were bringing their wine, grapes, figs, and all sorts of produce to Jerusalem to sell. So I rebuked them for selling their produce on the Sabbath. (vs 15). Nehemiah confronted. Do you confront people when policies are violated?

There were also some men from Tyre bringing in fish and all kinds of merchandise. They were selling it on the Sabbath to the people of Judah — and in Jerusalem at that! So I confronted the leaders of Judah, “Why are you profaning the Sabbath in this evil way? Wasn’t it enough that your ancestors did this sort of thing, so that our God brought the present troubles upon us and our city? Now you are bringing even more wrath upon the people of Israel by permitting the Sabbath to be desecrated in this way!” So I commanded that from then on the gates of the city should be shut as darkness fell every Friday evening, not to be opened until the Sabbath ended. I also sent some of my own servants to guard the gates so that no merchandise could be brought in on the Sabbath day. The merchants and tradesmen with a variety of wares camped outside Jerusalem once or twice. But I spoke sharply to them and said, “What are you doing out here, camping around the wall? If you do this again, I will arrest you!” And that was the last time they came on the Sabbath. Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and to guard the gates in order to preserve the holiness of the Sabbath. Remember this good deed also, O my God! Have compassion on me according to your great and unfailing love. Nehemiah 13:16-22 NLT Nehemiah not only confronted, he gave the reason why it was wrong and he took proactive steps to correct the wrongs. Do you take the time to explain and plan corrective steps?

The Book of Nehemiah ends with So I purged out everything foreign and assigned tasks to the priests and Levites, making certain that each knew his work. I also made sure that the supply of wood for the altar was brought at the proper times and that the first part of the harvest was collected for the priests. Remember this in my favor, O my God. Nehemiah 13:30-31 NLT
Can we assume Nehemiah had the courage to act because he knew his policies were inline with God’s policies, precepts and principles?

Jesus confronted people – Jesus turned and looked at his disciples and then said to Peter very sternly, “Get away from me, Satan! You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” Mark 8:33 NLT
When you confront people for violating policy, are you Christlike? Are you fair to those who follow policy when you don’t confront those who don’t follow policy?

Bit of Wisdom
…let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. It is by our actions that we know we are living in the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before the Lord. 1 John 3:18-19 NLT

Forums Ministry News
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