attitude

What Are You Saying?

Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,  And those who love it will eat its fruit. 

How powerful are our words! What we say can make or break our lives, as well as others. Words come out of our mouth based on what we think about. So speaking and thinking are inseparable. In Matthew 12 Jesus shares this fact with his disciples.

Matt. 12:33  A tree is identified by its fruit. Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good. Make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad.

Matt. 12:34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.

Matt. 12:35 A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart.

Matt. 12:36 And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak.

Matt. 12:37 The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned.

Most of us do not consider ourselves to be evil or that our words are evil..

But evil here is referring to anything contrary to God’s word. When we do or say things that don’t correspond with God’s word, He considers it to be evil. In verse 34 we see that our heart determines what we say. The King James version says, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”

When we think on wrong things, eventually they come out of our mouth. Disciplining the mouth comes through disciplining the mind. What we think about over and over will make all the difference in what we say and do.

Matt. 15:11 You are not defiled by what you eat; you are defiled by what you say and do.”

Matt. 15:17 Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes out of the body.

Matt. 15:18 But evil words come from an evil heart and defile the person who says them. 

Saying words that are contrary to the word of God spoil, tarnish, poison & destroy us.

That’s what defile means! There are simple phrases we can take out of our vocabulary that can start the ball rolling in the right direction… “That’s killing me” “Take care” I’m just dying to go”… Eventually, these words will make a huge difference and if we say them enough, we get programmed to believe them subconsciously. Of course, saying “I’m stupid”, “I’m no good” “I can’t do anything right” destroys any forward motion in our own lives. Those words began with thoughts that we continued to think about.

 


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I have a kind and gentle ATTITUDE

Attitude isn’t everything, but it will definitely make a difference in our outlook on life and it affects every area of our lives.

In a poll done by http://www.1000advices.com/polls/polls.html

People were asked what the key to happiness was. Here were the findings….

WHAT IS THE KEY TO HAPPINESS?

  • MENTAL ATTITUDE – 59%
  • LOVE – 23%
  • ACHIEVEMENTS – 8%
  • CREATIVE ACTIVITY – 5%
  • MONEY – 5%

Mental attitude, not things or people, was the key to happiness. It’s all about a state of mind.

Brian Tracy, a personal and business success author, shares this concerning attitude:

  • FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
  • FOCUS ON THE SOLUTION
  • LOOK FOR THE GOOD
  • LOOK FOR THE VALUABLE LESSON

IT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU THAT COUNTS. IT IS HOW YOU REACT TO WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS OF ANY KIND.

DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE HELPS YOU LIVE LONGER. YOU ARE LESS LIKELY TO SHOW SIGNS OF AGING, ARE LESS LIKELY TO BECOME FRAIL, AND ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE STRONGER AND HEALTHIER. NEGATIVE ATTITUDES MAKE YOU WEAKER.

http://www.briantracy.com/blog/personal-success/four-steps-to-a-super-attitude/

The dictionary defines attitude: a settled way of thinking about someone or something. Synonyms are: mental state, mindset, disposition, perspective, point of view, opinion, way of thinking, thoughts, feelings, outlook, approach

Much can be found on the subject of attitude, but the foundation of it can be discovered in the bible.

WHEN WE THINK OF ATTITUDE MOST OF US THINK OF EITHER POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE AND THAT IS TRUE. EVERY ATTITUDE CAN BE PUT INTO EITHER OF THOSE TWO CATEGORIES. I WENT THROUGH THE BIBLE TO FIND WHAT SOME OF THOSE POSITIVE ATTITUDES WERE.

THANKFUL, COMPLIMENTARY, SERVANT, RESPECTFUL, TEACHABLE, KIND, OBEDIENT, PEACEFUL, WILLING, RIGHTEOUS, FLEXIBLE, GENTLE, CONSIDERATE, FRIENDLY, FORGIVING, HUMBLE, SUBMISSIVE, WISE, GRACIOUS, PATIENT….

Since attitude concerns a state of mind, Philippians 4:8 tells us what to think about.

Phil. 4:8  And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. NLT

In verse 6 Paul tells us not to worry, be anxious or fretful. Instead we should pray and give thanks. Thankful people have good attitudes. Worry, anxiety and fear create negative outlooks. Thankfulness causes us to think on what is good, true, honorable, just, right, excellent and praiseworthy. Thankfulness is a key to a good attitude.

Philippians 2 tells us to have the attitude of Christ which was that of a servant.

Phil. 2:1 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic?

Phil. 2:2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose.

Phil. 2:3  Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.

Phil. 2:4 Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.

Phil. 2:5 Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.

Phil. 2:6 Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God.

Phil. 2:7 He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form.

Phil. 2:8 And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross.

Phil. 2:9 Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name,

Phil. 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Phil. 2:11 and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus completed his mission because he had the right attitude.

He humbled himself and had the attitude of a servant. He gave himself for others. When we give ourselves for people our focus gets off us and onto others. He positively went out to do his Father’s business. He was able to do this because he knew who he was. He was the son of God. In spite of how it looked, he never lost sight of it and it propelled him into having the attitude of a servant.

As we focus on being a child of God, it’s easy to have the attitude of a servant because we want to please our heavenly Father. Giving is part of God’s character and a part of ours since we are his children. Living a life to serve others fosters a positive attitude.

Joseph’s life found in the book of Genesis, exhibits taking on the attitude of a servant.

Joseph was rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery. He could have had a bad attitude and not performed well on his job. He could have had a victim mentality. Instead he chose to have the attitude of a servant. He became the best in Potiphar’s house. Then when he was thrown in jail unjustly, he make the right hand man of the jail-keeper. He could have been bitter, but he chose to be better. Let’s allow his attitude to be an example to us.

1 Peter 3:1-6 Peter tells wives that their husbands can be won over by their godly behavior. He discourages focusing on outward beauty and encourages cultivating inner beauty. Let’s look at it God’s Word translation.

1Pet. 3:3   Wives must not let their beauty be something external. Beauty doesn’t come from hairstyles, gold jewelry, or clothes.

Peter tells us that beauty expresses itself in a gentle and quiet attitude.

He isn’t telling us not to talk. He’s making a statement about attitude. Ladies, let’s face it, we create the atmosphere. It doesn’t matter where. It could be at the office, at home, school, out with others, wherever….If we have a bad attitude, everyone knows it. They can feel it and it screams when we walk into a room. When we have a gentle, quiet attitude, we bring peace and happiness to others.

Let’s look at the definitions and synonyms for these two words.

Gentle – having a mild and kind nature or manner; having a gracious and honorable manner

Vt – to cause somebody to become less agitated by means of words or actions

KIND, TENDER, SYMPATHETIC, CONSIDERATE, UNDERSTANDING, COMPASSIONATE, GOOD-NATURED, MERCIFUL, SWEET-TEMPERED

Kind – having a generous, warm, compassionate nature; showing generosity or compassion; not harsh, unpleasant, or likely to have destructive effects; showing courtesy or caring about somebody; full of love 

GOOD-NATURED, WARM-HEARTED, CARING, AFFECTIONATE, LOVING, WARM, CONSIDERATE, HELPFUL, THOUGHTFUL, UNSELFISH, COMPASSIONATE, ATTENTIVE, UNDERSTANDING, BIG-HEARTED, BENEVOLENT, FRIENDLY, HOSPITABLE

A kind and gentle attitude brings exhibits tenderness, understanding, thoughtfulness, benevolence and warmth.

One of the qualities that is displayed with a bad attitude is coldness. Everyone can feel it when we walk into a room.

This is only the tip of the iceberg concerning attitude. There are thousands of books written on the subject. I encourage you to study it for yourself from the bible and other resources. Be the one to make a positive difference in people’s lives everywhere you go. Be thankful and have the attitude of Christ.

 
 

CONFESSION

My beauty comes from within and expresses itself in a gentle and quiet attitude which is precious to God.

1Pet. 3:4 Rather, beauty is something internal that can’t be destroyed. Beauty expresses itself in a gentle and quiet attitude which God considers precious.


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Attitude Of Thanksgiving

Attitude Of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great time of year to get our perspective in the right direction. It’s easy to focus on what is not going right in our lives or on what we don’t have, instead of what is right and being thankful for what we do have. Thankful people are happy people. When we are thankful it produces a joy in us that can’t be taken away unless we allow something negative to permeate our thoughts.