"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had"
If you are anything like me, you probably have lost your patience at one time or another. Maybe you overreacted to a situation and had a really poor attitude toward someone or even when faced with a trial.
When I read the following passage, it's hard to imagine that Paul was writing this from a prison cell in Rome.
"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” Philippians 1:27
Wow! Now that's having a good attitude no matter what! In the midst of difficulties, persecutions, and all kinds of hardships, Paul chose to keep a Christ-like attitude. Think for a second how you would act in face of such unfortunate circumstances. These days, when technology can drive a mom crazy, we get desperate and lose our cool for so much less than that. In Ephesians 5:1 Paul also says to be "imitators of Christ as dearly beloved children.”
How many jobs do people lose every day because of poor attitudes? How many are passed over for promotion because of the way they approach their work and the people around them? How many bosses lose employees for not knowing how to speak to them? How many marriages fall apart? It would be impossible to calculate. No one should ever lose a job, miss a promotion, or destroy a marriage because of a poor attitude. Why is it happening? Because a person's attitude isn't set in Christ.
The more time we spend with Him,
the more Christ-like we become.
Paul was only strong enough because He was in Christ daily. He knew what Jesus meant when He said "abide in me, for without me you can do nothing". Only being tightly close with Jesus can we have that kind of attitude in a prison cell. It's a choice.
You get to choose to stay connected to the vine. It's a daily thing.
Chuck Swindoll writes: "Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failure, than success, than what people think or say or do. It's more important than appearance, talent, or skill. It will make or break a company....a church....a home. The remarkable thing is that we also have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change the past, we cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the set of strings we've been given, and that is our attitude..... I'm convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. Paul also said:
“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).
Paul always approached people with love, grace, acceptance, and a heart to serve rather them be served. Seek Christ and love Him with all your soul, heart, mind, and strength, and you will start to see a new attitude emerge. One who stays calm and confident in the middle of adversity, one who is solid and stable when faced with a trial.
The roses you find on the way will remind you of His love and grace, and the thorns you step on will strengthen your faith and bring you closer to Him.
Keep a good attitude!
See also "Words have Power"
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Hi, I'm Debora. A lover of Jesus, a wife, and a mother of 2.
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