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Attitude

11 Mar

IF: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

Then, KNOWLEDGE is equal to the total number of 96% and HARDWORD is equal to 98%.
Both are important, but falls just short of 100%. But ATTITUDE is 1+ 20 + 20+ 9 + 20 + 21 + 4 + 5 =100%

The meaning of “attitude” according to Webster’s dictionary, means frame of mind, outlook, perspective.

Your attitude is your inward disposition towards problem, people, pressure. Your attitude should become like that of Jesus. The Bible says in Phil. 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus”. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Eph. 4:22-23 says “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind”. Throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.

Most of us can easily identify bad attitudes when they are displayed outwardly in words or actions, such as critical, rebellious, impatience, uncooperative, discouragement, self-centeredness and rudeness. These are examples of bad thoughts – they are the hidden intentions which will eventually serve as the basis of our actions. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he”. (Prov. 23:7).

In reality, no one else really knows the thoughts of your heart, except you and God. Consequently, attitude is something that only you and God can work out – a change which must take place inwardly. Trouble will never defeat the person who possesses a right attitude. Paul is giving some advice to the Philippians on the importance of having the right attitudes when confronted with difficult problems, awkward people and daily pressures.

Attitude towards Problems (Phil. 4:4)

Tensions in the church family, concern for Paul’s welfare, the struggle of seeking to live holy lives in a hostile world had probably combined to bring a sense of spiritual flatness. Paul tells them to “rejoice” and this is an act of the will, irrespective of whether they feel “up or down”.

He also tells them to “rejoice in the Lord,” because He is the source of our joy and Paul believes that if the Philippians took time to reflect on His love and goodness, they would have a reason to rejoice. Paul senses that some in the congregation would struggle with his advice. As if he can hear someone say, “Rejoice? You must be joking.” Paul repeats himself, “I will say it again”.

No matter what circumstances we face, the Christian can rejoice in the goodness of God. Paul’s letter to the church in the city of Philippi has often been referred to as “The Letter of

Joy”. No less than 16 times in 4 short chapters the words joy or rejoice occur. What makes this more remarkable is the fact that Paul is writing from prison and facing an uncertain future. The Philippians Christians were a great joy to Paul and he was content in the belief that God was in control of his circumstances (Phil: 4:11). The source of Paul’s joy can be traced to his deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Attitude towards People (Phil. 4:5)

Paul has already addressed the broken relationship which was affecting the whole congregation in Phil. 4:2. It is likely that other relationships had been damaged as people had taken sides in the argument. Some were finding it difficult to get on with their fellow believers and this is not a situation unfamiliar in local churches today. Paul reveals how our reactions to people especially awkward people can make all the difference. He tells them, “Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand”.

The word moderation can be translated as gentleness. It is seen in the variety of expressions used in different translation of the Bible. Here are just a few of them: patience, softness, modesty, a patient mind, forbearance, graciousness. The greatest example of this quality is the Lord Jesus Himself and it may well be Paul is deliberately echoing the teachings he gave earlier on following Christ’s example (Phil. 2:5-11).

Paul can see that gentleness was needed to heal the rift in human relationships at Philippi. We need to look at our attitude towards awkward people and ask God for the ability to see beyond rule and regulations. When we handle difficult people, we are to view it in the light of Jesus’ coming. Paul adds the warning “The Lord is near” because all of life here and now must be viewed in the light of what will be. How futile the Philippians’ petty squabbling appears against the background that Jesus is coming back soon. It is a sobering thought. We must put some of our own disagreements into a proper perspective.

Attitude towards Pressures (Phil. 4:6)

These were anxious times for the church at Philippi. They were preoccupied with worries about themselves, They were concerned about Paul’s needs and had sent their love offering as a practical response (Phil. 4:4). The various pressures had produced an anxious state of mind which in turn was robbing them of their sense of joy. Paul gives some good advice on how to react to pressures and deal with anxiety in God’s way.

He begins with a firm instruction, “Do not be anxious about anything …” which is directly in line with Jesus’ teaching on the same subject (Matt. 6:25). Paul deliberately makes this a command. He gives the Philippians a positive reaction to adopt when anxiety strikes … ‘but in everything, by prayer and supplication (petition), with thanksgiving, present your requests to God “

Notice the different words Paul uses which reveal what a rich experience prayer should be. We can pray in different ways, in different places and at different times; but our prayers, petitions and request should always be surrounded with that sense of thanksgiving.

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