Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. (Ephesians 4:31 ESV)
According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the word “attitude” is “an internal position or feeling with regard to something else.” Some words that are synonymous with “attitude” are: “disposition, feeling, mood, opinion, sentiment, temper, tone, perspective, frame of mind, outlook, view, or morale.” Attitude can basically be put into two categories: good or bad.
As a Christian, under which category does your attitude fall?
Bad attitudes reflect negativity, defiance, impatience, rudeness, and the like.
On the other hand, good attitudes are a reflection of positivity, selflessness, love, humility, a willingness to cooperate with others, etc.
The bottom line is that a good attitude is of Christ; whereas, a bad attitude is the complete opposite. In the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians, he affirms: “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel (1:27 ESV).
Therefore, if you profess to be a Christian, you must keep your attitude in check!
Take note of this story that clearly exemplify a bad attitude vs. a good attitude:
“A bad attitude can be seen in Sally Smith. She had been a Christian for nearly two years. She loved the Lord and was growing as a Christian, but was still battling sins of the flesh — and occasionally fell back into the temptation of drunkenness. One evening the pastor and his family were entering a restaurant when he noticed Sally slouching at the distant bar, obviously intoxicated. The next Sunday after service, the pastor and his wife took Sally aside privately, and warned her gently about the sins of drunkenness. The pastor encouraged Sally to repent of this activity and prayed with her, but she was deeply offended by the pastor’s forthrightness. She immediately changed churches and afterward would often be heard ‘bad-mouthing’ that church and pastor.” (Dr. Dale A. Robbins)
In this story, which could have easily turned out to be one of someone with a bad attitude, the situation turned out to be one of someone with a good attitude.
Christians, please keep your attitude in check at all times!
Have a wonderfully blessed week, be thankful in all circumstances, and never leave home without Him!