Posted by: missionventureministries | June 8, 2017

A GODLY ATTITUDE – Ephesians 4:22-24

A godly attitude is the beginning to effective relationships! 

Attitude is how we approach others with our outlook on life, our behavior, our life style, our feelings, our way of thinking, and our way of behaving. It all comes from Christ’s work in us. 

Jesus maintained a perfect attitude in every situation because He prayed about everything and worried about nothing. We, too, should seek God’s guidance about every aspect of our lives and allow Him to work out His perfect will without interference. 

Jesus’ attitude was never to become defensive, discouraged, or depressed because His goal was to please the Father rather than to achieve His own agenda. In the midst of trials, He was patient. In the midst of suffering, He was hopeful. In the midst of blessing, He was humble. Even in the midst of ridicule, abuse, and hostility, He “made no threats . . . and did not retaliate. Instead He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23). 

The Apostle Paul speaks about a Christ-like attitude in his letter to the church in Ephesus: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24). 

So, how does our attitude impact our daily life? When we have a righteous attitude, God can better use us, and others can see His work, in us. 

Christians have a responsibility to have the best attitude possible in impacting others for Christ. When we have a bad altitude, we can see the aptitude of our old ways of sin seeking to take over our thoughts, feelings, and outlook on life and thus be a bad witness for Him. 

“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you” (Romans 12:3). 

Each time we try to control our circumstances, our future, and the people around us, we’re only demonstrating that we want to be a god. God doesn’t want us to try to become gods. Instead, He wants us to become like Him, taking on His values, His attitudes, and His character. We are meant to “be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:23-24). 

A Christ-like attitude will also help us deal effectively with problems. So, how do you deal with problems? Do you see them as opportunities? Or, do you see them as threats? 

We can either let bad situations control us or we can allow ourselves to learn and grow from them. We can either be led by the Spirit in our attitude, or be controlled by the bad attitudes of others which are the reflection of Satan. A choice is given; an opportunity arises; and it is up to us how we respond. 

The Bible tells us to bring our attitudes into obedience to God’s Word. We need to apply discipline to our thought life and submit them to those of Christ’s. A good attitude is a matter of faith, disregarding our feelings, with a determination to embrace God’s outlook and disposition. As 2 Corinthians 10:5 states: “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 

Charles Swindoll wrote an excellent description of the meaning of attitude. He said: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one thing we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.” 

We need to dwell on the things that God’s word tells us to; those good and virtuous things. If we focus on the negative, our attitude will reflect the same. God’s word tell us: “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

 

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