O Soul, in every word and act, offer hope. Show love. Build faith. Point the way. Promote peace. Tell the truth. Put away harshness and bitterness. Exercise patience. Avoid dead-end discussions and pointless debates. You must try the spirits, test all teachings, expose error, and stop the mouths of those who lead others astray, but at the same time you must provide a vision of the health of soul and hope of eternity that the benevolent God has revealed. Truth and love are two sides of the same divine coin of salvation. One without the other is useless. The world is sinking in its own destruction. Offer them Christ.
Faith is the attitude of the interim, Heb 11.39-40. It walks toward the promise of God. It plows through doubt. It breaks through barriers that would throw it down as a useless tool. It battles the challenges to receive from the Lord an eternal reward. Faith will one day be dissolved when sight comes into play, when the promise is given. For now, however, faith is the bridge to carry us across.
Napoleon Hill wrote, "You will never be greater than the thoughts that dominate your mind." Many writers focus on one's thoughts. They know the importance of mental attitude. The Bible agrees with this emphasis. However, the objectives and goals of the thoughts of the mind vary in the works of human writers. They usually seek material and temporary success. The Bible's interest in the mind lies in becoming like Christ, in knowing God, and in reaching eternal life. See Colossians 3.1-4, for example. Such heavenly objectives open a chasm between human works and spiritual efforts.
This piece is excerpted from a Corollaries segment, called "Daily Attitudes." Something I need to read every day.
- I rejoice in Christ.
- I thank God the Father for every good gift from his hand and for every opportunity to draw near to him.
- I live to glorify God and serve my neighbor, beginning with my spouse.
- I feel compassion toward the needy and choose to show love to all, especially to the family of faith.
- I am guided by the truth of Scripture and commit myself to follow Jesus wherever he may lead me.
- I depend upon the Holy Spirit for strength as I breathe the heavenly air of his words.
- Having Christ, I have it all; I seek to share his divine fullness with everyone around me.
Lots of teaching series in past years about various aspects of Jesus' life. His compliments, his rebukes, and this one I'd even forgotten about: his attitudes. This post reminded me: