Notes on Attitudes
ATTITUDE - 1). God wants us to be humble, gentle, and patient. (v.2) That is part of the lifestyle that is worthy of our calling. Just about anyone can get along with someone who has these three qualities. When we have this kind of attitude and personality, we'll be highly effective at reaching people in this world. 2). Jesus descended to earth for us. (v.9,10) He left His throne to help us in our battle against sin. Because of His willingness to come to earth on our behalf, He was elevated to eternal greatness. When we are willing to do things for God that might be conceived as less than important, we make ourselves candidates for the promotion to greatness as well. 3). God has called us to works of service. (v.12) He sends leaders to prepare us to work for Him. We must remember that we are His servants and work diligently for Him. If we want to grow, we need to get to work.
ATTITUDE - 1). We must be made new. (v.23) We can put off the old man and put on the new one, but God must make us new first. We can't do it on our own. God has to change our hearts before we can choose to be holy. We are dependent on Him. 2). Do not stay angry for long. (v.26) It's not wrong to be angry, but it's wrong to stay angry because it will lead us to do vengeful things. When we are angry, we are more susceptible to make mistakes. We shouldn't be angry from one day to another. Put away whatever angered you today, so you can be full of joy tomorrow. 3). We must rid our lives of malicious actions which come from resentment and anger. (v.31) One of the challenges with holding onto anger is all of the attitude and character issues that come with it. We protect our behavior by keeping our attitudes in check and keeping anger at bay.