Most bad attitudes can be traced back to selfishness, but that does not make interacting with those who demand to be first any less irritating. Even the apostle John would find himself irked by the inclination. He said, “I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.” 3 John 9-10
Our attitudes are one of the ways we serve our Lord and glorify our savior. We cannot be known for only serving ourselves - that is the way of the world. We do not want to be like those seen in Isaiah 56:11, “They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain.”
All must decide what they think about God, and those who choose to follow his ways submit their attitudes to his commands. The great news is that in doing so we see our own dispositions become loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, and kind. We find ourselves stepping into abundant life when we let Jesus be Lord of our attitudes.
Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study 1, 2 & 3 John: Experiencing Transformation and is working on her next book. She enjoys serving as a biblical counselor, speaking to women, and savoring coffee when her four kids are out playing with dad. She holds an MSEd from Corban University, is passionate about seeing people set free through God's truths, and is the founder and editor of Anchored Voices. Get in touch with her on Facebook or Twitter.
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