Attitudes and Actions
Attitudes and the feelings that feed them are some of the hardest things to control. What do we do when outside circumstances and our own neuroses conspire against us? Can we really control how we feel?
|Attitudes about Yourself
How do you feel about yourself? The Bible tells us how our loving Father-God thinks of us. When negative thoughts overcome us, we need to go to Him to remember who we are.
How we feel inside drives how we act outside — and those feelings aren't always biblical. God can change our inside feelings so our outside actions show His love to the world.
|Hate & Anger
Hate and anger aren't always bad emotions to have — God hates sin and Jesus was angry with abusive religious leaders. But our hate and anger are usually motivated by selfish pride and fear.
Adopting good habits can change our attitude. The Bible says we can be "transformed by the renewing of our minds" (Romans 12:2) — but only with the Holy Spirit's help.
The best, most Christ-like attitude we can have is one of love. God is love, and Jesus is the manifestation of His love. How do we have the attitude of biblical love?
|Faith & Trust
Faith and trust go two ways. We care called to have faith in God and to trust others, but we're also called to be faithful to God and others. In this fallen world, neither attitude is always easy.
The Bible says that persevering in a Christ-like attitude leads to a Christ-like character. It's not "fake it 'til you make it" — it's a deep change that drives a godly attitude.
|Words and Speech
The Bible has quite a bit to say about how believers should speak and what words we should use. Our speech directly reflects what we think about God and how we feel about other people.
|Lies, Gossip, and Complaining
Our frustrations, fears, and boredom come out in our speech. Lies, gossip, and complaining show what's in our hearts. James even says the tongue is the hardest muscle to tame.
Resentment, chronic lateness, and favoritism are all expressions of disrespect. What does the Bible say about how we should think of others?
The attitudes of those who value worldliness are markedly different than those encouraged in the Bible. But biblical attitudes are always best for ourselves, others, and our relationship with God.
|Crimes Against Humanity
Most of the sins we commit are easily dismissed by the world. But there are some that even society reviles. What the Bible says against incest, abuse, cannibalism and other crimes against humanity.
The world rewards pride, stubbornness, even narcissism. The Bible values submission, humility, and self-sacrifice. How can giving up our rights and self-interests lead to a better life?
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