Caring Attitudes

Matthew 5 shows how much Jesus expects our attitudes to match our obedient actions. When good actions come from righteous attitudes, it proves we don't act for selfish reasons.

Day One: Respect
The apostle Peter summarizes the Bible's teaching on respect in his first Epistle: "Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king" (1 Peter 2:17). This passage encompasses four major areas of our lives...
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Day Two: Moderation
Moderation avoids extremes, exercises restraint, and is related to self-control. Moderation is a good thing, but living a life of moderation is an uphill battle in today's world...
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Day Three: Thankfulness
Thankfulness is a prominent Bible theme. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." Did you catch that?...
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For more, see "The Greek Geek: Eὐχαριστία — Eucharistia"

Day Four: Optimism
Optimism is "the tendency to expect the best possible outcome or to dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation." Optimists usually feel that "good things" will happen in the future or that what they hope and dream for will happen...
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Day Five: Exhortation
Exhortation is defined as "an urging done by someone close beside." Paul instructs Timothy, saying, "Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching"...
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For more, see "Why is encouragement so important according to the Bible?"

Day Six: Empathy
The word empath comes from the word empathy, which is defined as "the ability to understand and share the feelings of another." An empathetic person is one who can intuitively sense what someone else feels and imagine what it would be like to feel those feelings...
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Published 3-28-16