Friday, April 13, 2012

Game of Attitudes

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:5 NAS)

Philippians 2:5There is a game I like to play with my family, even though I seldom win. I call it the ‘Game of Attitudes.‘ In this game, every member of the family is not to speak a negative word or make any complain for a day. At the end of the day, all of us would then evaluate ourselves to find out how we have faired and the number of times we have failed. A penalty may be imposed on the one who has made the highest number of mistakes, such as to do an assigned housework or to contribute to the family's household fund.

Staying free of complain and negative speech are attitudes few of us can maintain at all times. The Bible said our attitudes should be like that of Christ Jesus our Lord (Philippians 2:5). Having been made perfect in Christ, we ought to keep this attitude; and if in anything we have a different attitude, God will reveal that to us (Philippians 3:15). In relation to our former manner of life, therefore, we should lay aside our old self which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and be renewed in the spirit of our minds (Ephesians 4:22-23).

If we profess ourselves to be walking in the light (1 John 1:7), then we ought not to have any dirty rotten attitudes going on now (DRAGON), lest we stain the name of our Lord and deceive ourselves (1 John 1:8). As children of God, let us not profess or love only in words or tongue but with actions and positive attitudes, for these are evidences the world look for in a changed life to know we belong to Christ. God knows our hearts and our attitudes; He knows all things (1 John 3:18-20).

Are we prepared to play the ‘Game of Attitudes’ today? If we are, then let us not speak a negative word or make any complain. Regardless the outcome of our evaluation, let us play the game over again each day, and see for ourselves the changes God can do in transforming our attitudes and character to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Thank You dear Lord for changing our hearts when we give ourselves completely to You. We know Lord we can never achieve absolution in keeping good attitudes all the time while we are here on earth, but we certainly want to try. Holy Spirit, renew our minds that we may reveal Christ in our lives, and not tamper with dirty rotten attitudes that put God’s name to shame. Forgive us O Lord for the times we fail to keep our attitudes right. Transform us to be more and more like You each day Lord, that You may increase and we decrease.

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