Day Six – Job’s core values

Today’s Scripture: Job 31:13-29

Justice – “If I have denied justice to my [servants] . . .” (31:13).

Compassion – “If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary . . . then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint” (31:16, 22).

Mercy – “If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him . . .” (31:29).

Job treated others with utmost respect. His servants, the poor, widows—even his enemies. It’s not difficult to show compassion to those less fortunate. And a good businessman will treat his employees fairly. But, the real challenge comes when an enemy—someone who has stood against us—suffers misfortune. How do we respond then? Do we gloat? Or do we grieve? Job showed mercy, compassion and justice to everyone without bias. He set the value bar high, didn’t he?

  • If your friends gave their honest feedback about what they observe in your treatment of others, what would they say? What would you want them to say?
  • Job was extremely confident in his integrity, even stating that if he violated any of his values, he was willing to lose an arm over it (see verse 22). How confident are you that your actions are aligned with your values?
  • What type(s) of people are you biased against? How can you become fair and just toward everyone?