WESTSIDE'S CORE VALUES
Our Core Values describe a person who is endeavoring to be:
- A dependable humble servant, patient and forgiving, showing mercy and compassion to all he comes to serve.
- He is honest and courteous at all times.
- He is respectful to others and therefore is respected himself.
- His Christian integrity is unquestionable and is always shown by his actions.
- He encourages those around him and he loves and appreciates all of God's children.
DEPENDABILITY- Capable of being depended upon; reliable; trustworthy, reliable for support.
**Matthew 25:21 Well done thou good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.
APPRECIATION- Heartfelt thanks that values people. To see worth, quality, or significance of; to admire highly; to be fully aware of; to be grateful for.
**1 Thess. 5:13 And hold them in very high and most affectionate esteem in (intelligent and sympathetic) appreciation of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. (AMP)
PATIENCE- The will or ability to endure without complaint, the tasks we are led to perform. Enduring pain or hardship calmly or without complaint; showing calm self-control; not hasty or reckless, steadfast, persevering.
**James 1:12 Blessed is the man who is patient under trial.
HUMBLE SERVANT- One who willingly serves others without elevating himself or his deeds and considers that service a reasonable sacrifice unto God.
**Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God for this is your reasonable service and spiritual worship.
ENCOURAGEMENT- Inspiring others to develop the ability to conquer fear or despair. Enabling them to stand fast in the face of opposition, hardship, or danger.
**1 Thess. 2:11-12 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory.
HONESTY- Truthful, genuine, real, being just what is indicated. Good, admirable, ethical, fair, right, honorable. Proper conduct and behavior such as deserves esteem which issues forth from the heart of one who has the Word of Truth dwelling therein.
**Romans 12:17 Repay to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
INTEGRITY- The highest quality and strength of moral character. The condition of being free from defect or damage; total honesty and sincerity; the quality of being complete or undivided.
** Proverbs 11:3 The integrity of the upright shall guide them, but the willful contrariness of the treacherous shall destroy them.
COURTEOUS RESPECT- Marked by good manners, marked by respect for and consideration of others. An act of giving particular attention; consideration; to consider worthy of high regard or esteem.
**1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one for another, love as brethren, be pitiful, and be courteous.
FORGIVENESS- To no longer feel resentment against someone and to grant relief, show mercy and to pardon. To walk in God’s grace toward people, to give up the desire to punish. To overlook an offense, to set at liberty, understanding that forgiveness is not a feeling but an act of obedience.
**Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.
**Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive people their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you.
LOVE- A quality or feeling of strong constant affection for and dedication to another person. Love says: I may not like what you do, but I always like YOU.
**1 Corinthians 13 – The Love Chapter
MERCY- To show kindness and concern for someone in serious need. Mercy is not merely a passive emotion but an active desire to remove the cause of distress of others.
**Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.
COMPASSION- Sorrow or pity caused by the suffering and misfortune of another; sympathy. Jesus was moved with compassion.
**Matthew 14:14 When He went ashore and saw a great throng of people, He had compassion for them and cured their sick.