Summary: Living a Godly life means living as Jesus lived.
Text: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).
What is your attitude? All of us have an attitude. Some of us have a good attitude and some of us have a nasty attitude. What is this thing called attitude? Our attitude is our outlook on something or some matter. It depends on our frame or state of mind at the moment.
We can open our eyes in the morning anxious and excited about getting out of bed and say, “Good morning, Lord!” or on the other hand, we may be grumpy because we are tired due to a poor nights sleep or going to bed late, and we say, “Good Lord, morning!”
Our attitude shows forth in both scenarios. In one scenario, our state of mind is positive. We are excited about the day and we are ready to face the world with a smile on our face and a song in our heart. However, in the second scenario, we are in a different state of mind. We don’t want to get up, we are tired and we are definitely not excited. Our attitude is negative because our state of mind is negative.
A person’s attitude shows forth in various circumstances and situations. If there is a long line at the grocery store or you are in line, but the person in front realizes they forgot to get something and decides to go back and get it or sends the bagger back to get it. You become a little agitated and your Sunday Christian state of mind turns negative, giving a boost to your negative attitude, causing you to say something that later you will regret.
Before your state of mind or your attitude causes you to say or do the wrong thing, you should ask yourself the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” If we take time to answer the question, our attitude will remain positive and we will not do something to hurt the feelings of the other person or make ourselves look like a donkey (there are 150 places in the Bible that call this animal by a three-letter name).
During the course of the day our attitude can change because of what someone said to us; how we have been treated; weather change; car that doesn’t start or has a flat tire; the slow movement of traffic on the way home; the car that changes lanes with out letting us know; the motorcycle or bicycle rider who rides up between the cars while we are waiting for the traffic light to change or a host of other incidents.
When you get all bent out of shape causing a change in your state of mind or your attitude, stop and asked yourself the question: “What Would Jesus Do?” When someone criticizes you or says something ugly to you, do as Jesus did; “…turn the other cheek…” (Matthew 5:39).
When you do this, your attitude will remain positive.
You won’t be upset or angry and you won’t do something that later you might regret. “Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12 9, 10, 21).