Leadership principles, romance, guidance for managers, supervisors, and employees; instructions for developing a winning personality are just a minute dusting of the diverse topics addressed in the Bible. It is definitely more than just Sunday or Sabbath morning reading. It may appear ominous to some, but if you read it in small bits, you are bound to find your own personal treasures there.
You can start reading the Bible with an easy version such as the “One-Year Chronological Bible”, New International Version. All the parts of the puzzle are presented as a whole and broken up into 365 pieces for each day throughout the year. Let’s review one of the topics we can ponder upon any day during the week, from this proverbial treasure house.
Developing a winning personality
These are the personal attributes that guarantee to acquire a winning personality; they are found in Galatians 5:22 – love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Bible even tells us that against such, there is no law.
James 3:17 also provides some personal characteristics you must possess such as being pure and peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Demonstrating love, joy, and peace
Don’t be a hater. Nobody likes to be around a hater. Only negative, hurtful and abusive words come out from a hater’s mouth. The Bible commands “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth but that which is good, to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” (Philippians 4:29 KJV). Learn to cultivate love. Find out who Jesus is; his spirit will teach you how to love and also fill you with love. This love will begin to flow out of you to others in words of life, encouragement, and words to build them up; not drag them down.
Are you frequently morose, always complaining and can’t find anything to be joyful about? You are not looking accurately for your joy. If you can read this article, you should be appreciative of your eyesight. If someone is reading this to you, then be thankful that you can hear. Others love to be around joyful people. Joy is infectious.
Find things to be grateful for. Decide to be joyful no matter what the situation is. It’s all a matter of choice. If you know Jesus that’s even better, because you know where your confidence lies. Even if you don’t know what the future holds for you, without a doubt you know whose hands your future is in. Praise his name! “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice!”
“Master the tempest is raging” shout the disciples. The waves are crashing against the ship, lightning is flashing and the thunder is screamingly loud. The ship seems to be on the brink of overturning: Yet, the master is asleep. “Master!” they cry again in fear. Jesus arises and says to the disciples “Peace. Be Still”.
Many times in life, adversities are raging and affecting us daily: Separation, divorce, hurting children, rebellious teenagers, infidelity and betrayal, sickness, pressure on the job, discrimination, restricting financial obligations and the list goes on. Do you become frustrated or do you demonstrate a peace that others cannot understand?
It is possible to experience peace while the storms of life are raging. You can pass this peace on to others, only if it is in you to give.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be known to God: and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, 7 NKJV)
By now, you might be convinced that the Bible is not just Sunday morning reading. You can look forward to a series of articles, which will continue and complete the discussion on developing a winning personality; by now you might have also realized that there is a spiritual aspect needed to develop such. Be encouraged to take the step now and make a commitment to read your bible daily.