Brought Into Favour

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Daniel 1:9 “Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.”

Much could be written about Daniel that would benefit the life of every believer. Daniel was a man of character, integrity, and a man who had an excellent spirit despite life not being what he desired. Daniel was a man who educated himself but was also a man who loved his God more than anything else in life. These characteristics about Daniel alone should be embraced by every believer, and if they were embraced and lived, every believer would find themselves benefiting both in life and in their walk with Christ.

However, there is one characteristic that I believe is often overlooked about Daniel that played a great part in him being used by God greatly. It says in the verse above, “Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.” In other words, Daniel was able to get along with people with whom he disagreed. Daniel didn't agree with Nebuchadnezzar or the prince of the eunuchs, but he was still able to get along with them and build a rapport so that when he took a stand, the prince of the eunuchs was willing to work with him.

Every person must work consistently on getting along with all types of people. If the only people you get along with are the people who are like you, you will not get along with most people. This world is made up of diverse personalities and beliefs, and just because someone isn’t like you doesn't mean that you can't get along with them. Many people destroy their potential because they expect everyone to be like them with everything that is done. My friend, the diversity of people is purposeful by God to make this world a better place. Though you may think that if everyone were like you this world would be great, you would quickly find out that this world would not be a great place to live if this were true. Getting along with people is critical to enjoying life.

Moreover, getting along with people and building a rapport with them goes a long way into influencing them for good. Most of the people I work with and witness to are people that are much different from me. The reason I can witness to the lost and work with people of diverse personalities and backgrounds is because I have learned to work on trying to get along with all different types of people. The more you learn to work with diverse personalities and backgrounds, the more you will be able to help people.

Let me make this clear; you don't have to compromise to get along with people, but also, you don't have to be a jerk to take a stand. You will eventually find yourself living in a world by yourself if you continually cut people off who are not like you. There is a way to disagree and yet still be kind and courteous. If Daniel was a jerk, the prince of the eunuchs would not have worked with him, but because Daniel learned to get along with people, the prince of the eunuchs was willing to work with him. You will find that the day will come that working on trying to get along with people without destroying relationships will benefit your cause.

My friend, we all live in the same world, and if life is going to be enjoyed, we must learn to work with people of diverse backgrounds, personalities, and education levels. Don't compromise to get along, but give your best effort to get along with all people; you’ll not regret the effort.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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