Attitude is probably the biggest battleground for women. How many times do we think of a smarty little comeback? How many times do we make rude snap judgments? How about grumbling?
We have a hard time with the law of kindness1, don’t we? At least in our heads.
Has someone—maybe your child, husband, or parent—asked you do do something, and your first reaction is, Can’t he see I’m busy? Have you balked? Have you thought negatively about that person? Oh my! I remember being interrupted in reading (which I was always doing) when I was a young teen and having a rebellious spirit. How could my parent ask something of me when I was reading?!!!
How about when someone takes advantage of you? What’s your reaction? Count it all joy?2 Suffer the hurt? Absorb the loss?
And, when people revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for Jesus’ sake3,do you react like a victorious Christian? Do you forgive? Do you treat them kindly anyhow? Or, do you simmer inside?
Attitude is important. It reveals our heart.
Romans 12:10-31 is one of those passages we all would do well to study: Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
This is the Christian way. This sets us apart from the rest of the world.
Today’s philosophy goes completely opposite this teaching. Venting, fighting back, vengeance, looking out for number one, self-this and self-that, anger, strife, divisiveness…. The list goes on.
The Bible way is truly amazing: For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps (1 Peter 2:19-21).
The Christian is literally a “Christ follower.” Jesus is God, and God is holy. But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (lifestyle). 1 Peter 1:15
What’s your attitude?
Does it please the Lord?
- 1. From Proverbs 31:26
- 2. From James 1:2
- 3. From Matthew 5:11