|Attitude and Your Walk with God|
“You are made new in the attitude of your mind and to put on the new self.
Created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness”
1. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. (Matt. 7:12) (Attitude “A”). This is the right attitude. This attitude is in line with God’s will to “love your neighbor”. We should be pro-active in showing love to our neighbor. God said “Love your neighbor” He never said to love only the neighbor that was kind to you or only the neighbor that has viewpoints similar to yours. Remember, God did not say love the sinful things your neighbor might do. If you truly have a Christian love for your neighbor, you will pray for your neighbor to have the victory over the temptations that draws him into sin. Pray, without judging, for your neighbor. We cannot control how others will react when we show them kindness. Sometimes people may react in negative ways and other times they may mistake our kindness for a sign of weakness and try to take advantage of us. However, God will give us discernment in these times. We just need to stay firm in our Christian walk with the Lord while doing His will.
2. Do unto others as they do unto you. (Attitude “B”) This is the wrong attitude. What a mess we would be in if God did unto us as we did unto Him. In spite of our sinful and rebellious ways he sent his Son to die for us. With a type B attitude you relinquish control of your life to others and you will live your life reacting to their actions. This is very dangerous considering everyone has a sinful nature. With this attitude it would be impossible to please God because you would have no time for him. Sometimes B attitude people perceive things wrongly and these misconceptions can create ill feeling for no valid reason. For example, Bob walks into the office and fails to speak to Mr. B attitude because he has a serious health problem on his mind. Mr. B attitude considers this a slight from Bob and decides he will “do unto his co-worker as he did unto him”. For weeks they do not speak and tensions build. If Mr. B attitude had “done unto Bob as he would have Bob do unto him” the rift would have been avoided. Just showing a little Christian love to your neighbor makes life so much better. Having a B attitude just makes you easy prey for Satan to do his work in your life. Pray and ask God to clean out your heart and create a new loving attitude within you.
3. Work Attitude: Do all work as if you were doing it for God (Col. 3:25) because as Christians you are. Do honest work for an honest dollar. Your job may not pay much but if you perform your work well God will bless you with a better job on earth and eternal life in heaven. (Matt. 25:14-30) (Php 2:14-15) Do everything without complaining or arguing so you will be blameless before God. (Eph. 6:5-8), (1Co. 10:31)
There are some dirty jobs nobody wants to do. But, it's necessary for these jobs to be done. You will experience a feeling of satisfaction when you have done your best in completing a dirty job. In the early years of our marriage I sometimes work part-time jobs in order to meet our obligations. Some of these jobs were considered demeaning by some of our “friends”. They felt those type jobs were below their standards. However, they had no problems borrowing the money I earned working these “demeaning” jobs. I felt a great deal of achievement in working these jobs and being able to provide for our family.
Over the course of our 46 years of marriage God has blessed us greatly. But when I look back at some of those “demeaning” jobs I know they developed within me character and a deep appreciation of the satisfaction that come’s from earning one’s keep.
4. Attitude towards Giving. (II Cor. 9:7) God loves a cheerful giver. When giving to those in need, do it in secret. (Matt 6:1-4) Suppose your job was outsourced and you are unemployed. You go to a friend for financial help and he makes it clear that, even though he is more than able to, helping you will be an inconvenience to him and it is not something he wants to do. After helping you he calls many of your friends telling them of the help he gave you implying you could not handle your affairs. Obviously, this would make you sad, angry or both. Christians give with a loving and generous Spirit. Never giving to undermine another or receive praise for their giving.
5. Have a humble attitude not a prideful attitude: (Prov. 11:2) Pride brings disgrace but humility brings wisdom. (Micah 6:8) God wants us to walk humbly with Him. We can be proud of our success as long as we do not puff ourselves up as being better than our brother. (Gal. 6:4). Jesus was the perfect model of humility. (Phil. 2:1-11)
COMMENTARY: Whatever is in your heart greatly determines your attitude. If your heart is full of sinful thoughts you will generally have a negative attitude. If the Holy Spirit lives in your heart you will have a Christ like attitude. Your action and body language will, sooner or later, manifest your true attitude. Some people can put up a false front for a period of time but when they get under pressure their true attitude/nature will come out. (Prov. 23:7) “A man is as he thinks”
As we grow in Spiritual Maturity our attitudes and actions will become more Christ like as we are guided by the fruit of the Holy Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, … self-control. (Gal. 5:22-26)
A CHRISTIAN WALK MINISTRIES
Reverend Matthew & Mrs. Deborah Harper
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