Christian Principles of Integrity & Business – Part 6

When we use the term ethics, we’re talking about doing what is right. From a Christian perspective, we believe that the ultimate norm and ultimate standard of rightness is the character of God and his perfect righteousness.

Today we will examine the scriptures on how to establish and determine Agreements in business.   In business we make agreements with our partners, our employees, our customers, and suppliers.   In order to garner trust in all of these relationships I must operate completely honestly.   My word is my guarantee.   There are many instances in the Bible where we can see the importance of promises and vows.   In order to avoid hurt relationships, it is important when making agreements to be very specific in all aspects of the agreement.   Who will do what work when; the chain of authority; how payments will be disbursed etc.

Key Points:

  • 1For over two decades, as I have been in the business world, as well as serving in the non-profit sector, I have learned many lessons and observed many approaches and philosophies of the ways people conduct themselves in the marketplace.
  • 2Business relationships must be built on well-defined and accurately written Agreements between the parties prior to commencing work. The Agreements must specify expectations, roles who will do what and under what conditions, and degree and line of authority.
  • 3Agreements are statements of one’s word of honor. One’s word is to be clear, as the Lord says, “Let your statement be ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’ Matthew 5:37. “Other scriptures on agreements and vows: Deuteronomy 23:23 Proverbs 3:32, 4:24 Ecclesiastes 5:4-5.

The trust that exists between me and my customer or partner is based largely on my ability to deliver the products and services I promise. The principle of keeping vows is applicable here and vital to my testimony.

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Ray is the Co-Founder of Truth At Work. Prior to this role, he served as CEO until January 2016. In his role of Co-Founder, Ray is responsible for building high level strategic relationships on behalf of Truth At Work, facilitates several Round Table Groups, helps establish new markets, develops new curriculum, as well as serving as host of Truth At Work’s “Bottom Line Faith” podcast series. Additionally, Ray is in the process of writing two new books that will be released in the coming months. Ray is also a highly sought after speaker at churches and retreats across America, where for years he has challenged followers of Christ to integrate their faith in and through the marketplace on a daily basis. He is also part of the speaking faculty for Orlando, Florida based “Man In the Mirror” ministry where he conducts seminars and retreats across the country.

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