From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.
One night, hungry for God, I found out that our small group leader had decided to have fellowship instead of Bible Study. I wasn’t too happy about that. We’re supposed to be getting fed at church, right? Someone asked a question and the discussion steered right into raising kids. I was a single woman at the time and not a mother, so I left with an attitude. I guess I’ll have to go home and feed myself. I really wanted some spiritual food tonight.
Looking back at my journal from all those years ago, I saw that I had a bad attitude. I didn’t see it that night. I thought I was being “holy.”
What could have happened if I had decided to be happy with the leader’s decision? I could have made a new friend during the fellowship time, had the opportunity to minister to someone, or learned a few things about raising kids even though it didn’t apply to me at the time. I have called other moms many times since becoming a mom. What if I had learned some tips that night that saved me some headaches?
You probably know what an attitude is, but from the definition you can see that our thoughts play a big role. Sometimes we are still learning to renew our minds, but we need our attitudes to line up with scripture. How we feel about things is going to make a big mark on those we influence. If we are influenced by Jesus, then Jesus can influence others through us.
Jesus described himself as being meek (gentle/humble) and lowly in heart in Matthew 11:29. Sometimes we can easily get focused on how we feel, but we are supposed to be led by the Spirit instead of our feelings (Romans 8:14). Our feelings are not easy to overcome, but God will give us grace to overcome pride with humbleness.
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:20 NLT
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Romans 8:14 ESV
Apply the Word
This section is to help us respond to His promptings. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
Ask God to show you any areas that you have a bad attitude. Humble yourself. Repent. Forgive, if necessary. Ask God to make you meek like Jesus. Pray James 4:6 concerning yourself. Thank God for more grace. Realize that God will allow opportunities to surface to test your response.
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 NKJV
Write what God shows you in your journal. What if nothing came to mind? Um…take notes. Just sayin’. 😉
In what area are you willing to let God bust a bad attitude?
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Through the Spirit, I can become meek like Jesus in place of a bad attitude. [Tweet this]Photo credit: Amber Karnes (Creative Commons)
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