Good morning, everyone. Welcome to today’s study. Before I begin, I’d like you all to join me with prayer. (I will kneel down for prayer.) Dear loving Father in heaven, we are so thankful Father that we can come this morning to worship you to spend some time together. We pray now for your Holy Spirit to guide us to lead us through this study. Please, Lord, let your words be the ones that we hear today. Father, I pray that our hearts may be ready Lord, to receive you to understand you better and to know of your love that we can continue to share with others. We’re so thankful Father, we thank you for hearing our prayer in Jesus name, Amen.
So there was a group of reps for a shoe company who were excited to start expanding. And so they looked to Africa in the earlier days. And they all went out to try and see whether it was going to be a really good market. So the first group of them came back and said, “Nobody wears shoes. It’s a really bad market.” So the other reps, they came back, and they said, “There’s no shoes. Great news. It’s a great market.”
So, this story goes to show that both of them had two differing attitudes, really, but what made the difference? What made the difference in where they were going to find the better market? What was the difference that made the other group go ‘Hmm, we can actually try something here that that might actually work.’
Our need of attitude—of Christian attitude. There’s all sorts of attitudes that we can have, that we can use. But for now, I want to look at the kind of attitude that doesn’t come from within naturally, the kind of attitude that comes only because something greater or someone greater is working within us. And we can normally see these stories in the Bible in great missionaries, but do we actually see them today? Are these people around us?
I want to start with some examples in the Bible. And I’m calling this “From Night to Day”. I have here some Bible characters. Now, I love looking at Bible characters because when I look at them, ‘I’m like, wow, I’m so much like them— the ones that needed a lot of character development, I really can connect with those a lot better.
But I have the first one here. It was Peter. Now we know Peter to be this really tough, confident sort of person. He’s a real go getter. He really loves his Lord. And he really believes that when it comes to the kingdom of Jesus, he’s [going to] do some great things for the kingdom. And so whenever it’s time to put something else forward, Peter is the first one to move in and do that. I like here how one time Jesus was talking about how often we should forgive people and what forgiveness really means. And Peter had been pretty generous when he said, ‘how many times should we forgive people? Should it be about seven times?’
At the time, I think it was known to be quite, well forgiveness was not such a big thing that was really taught back then. But he thought, ‘if I say seven times, that should be a good amount,’ but then Jesus replies ‘No unto seventy times seven. That’s how often we should forgive people.’ So this was Peter, if we just look at who he was.
Let’s look at Moses. Moses was also a general, a confident leader. And he was well on his way to the Egyptian throne. And he recognized that God had a calling on his life, and he really wanted to fulfil that calling. And so he thought, ‘the first chance that I get, I’m going to lead my people out of Egypt. That’s what I’m going to do.’ But what we find in his story is a point where he has an opportunity to set a wrong right. And he does that by killing an Egyptian. And that’s kind of where his story sort of unfolds and grows from there.
The next person is Ruth. Ruth is basically, in the beginning, just mentioned as the wife of a Jewish young man, [one] who ends up dying and leaves his widow. But she’s not even Israelite. She doesn’t even belong to, to the Jews, you could say. That’s who she is in the beginning.
Mary Magdalene, she was basically this person who was just really lost, and she was possessed. She was trying to find her worth and love in people, in men. So she was this personality before Jesus found her, before she found Jesus.
Gideon. Gideon, although the angel described Gideon as a mighty man of valour, he was actually—well—he called himself the least in his father’s house.
And then finally Saul of Tarsus, who was a great Christian by all standards. He was out there doing the work of God until finally, he was caught in the middle of that and given a completely new attitude change.
These people went from night to day. Peter became known as that same strong apostle who loved the Lord with all his heart. When Jesus asked him, ‘Peter, do you love me?’ Peter replied three times, ‘Lord, you know all things you know, I love you.’ Moses became the meekest man on earth. Ruth came to trust in the Lord, and she got put right in there, in the line of Jesus. Mary Magdalene became entirely committed to her Lord and Saviour, Jesus. And Gideon saved Israel from the Midianites. Finally, Paul became the man known as ‘crucified with Christ’.
How does this happen? How do people go from day to night? Think about anybody in your circle that you know. Has this ever happened to anybody? Has this happened to you? And that’s something I want to consider this morning. How does Jesus change our attitude in our relationships with each other? This extends to family, friends, further out, what about your neighbours? What about the people that you meet every day? I’m going to even talk about people that we don’t really like. How does it affect them? Should we expect a change in our attitude towards others when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour?
John 3:3 were the words that Jesus spoke to a man who was really searching for the meaning of life. He really wanted to understand, and he really wanted to have a good debate with this teacher. He wanted to really lay it down about what it truly means to be a part of the kingdom of God and yet Jesus blindsided him and said, ‘Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’ Born again. That’s something that really changed his attitude about everything. Eventually he realized that, wow, it’s not about me. It’s about me letting Jesus step in and change everything.
And that’s often hard to see. How often do we see God’s standard for us in our lives? How often do we understand that? That serving Jesus means allowing him to take over every aspect of our lives, including attitude, including the way that we treat other people, including the way that we treat other people who we consider less than ourselves. And we have to understand like, we do treat people like that, we do think about people like that. It’s very easy to put ourselves first than others. But you know what? We can’t be guided by human standards. See, what some people might consider ‘you’ve done your best, you’ve done enough, you’ve treated this person as well as you should, as well as you’re expected to, why bother going the extra mile? Why bother going further?’
But I really like this quote here in Mind, Character and Personality and to be honest, it just really blew my mind. Because it just made me realize and have a second look at myself and go, ‘what standard am I using for my attitude?’ It says here “I’m constantly presenting the need of every man doing his best as a Christian, of training himself to realize the growth, the expansion of mind, the nobility of character, which it is possible for each to have. In all that we do, we have to sustain a Christlike relation to one another.”
Well, what does that look like? What does a Christlike relation look like? It looks like, I think, it’s something that once you begin to share it with someone else, you actually don’t lose you gain, and our need of richer, birth experiences.
So what characterizes a follower of Jesus Christ? What is it really? Is it the fact that we’re very good at coming to church? Is it the fact that we’re very good at doing the things that Christians are supposed to do? Going where Christians are supposed to go?
Romans 13:8-10, really, really lays it down very simply. But if we look at it further, it’s not always the easiest to do. Romans 13:8-10 says, “Owe no man anything, but to love one another. For he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” What does this mean? What is this law that he’s talking about? He goes on to expand a little bit more “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness. Thou shalt not covet. And if there be any other commandment it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love, worketh no ill to his neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Now, that is very clear, and very plain. The best way and the only way that we can truly honour God, is by loving him with our whole heart, and by loving others as ourselves. That’s it. Yet, this always isn’t the easiest way to do it. It’s simple. But we also find it very hard to love others. As we see in the example of the Samaritan. Jesus was teaching about this very thing one time and he was telling everybody about this crazy new idea about loving others the same way that we love ourselves. And one man, and the Bible says that he was seeking to justify himself, he asked, ‘well who is my neighbour? If I’m supposed to love my neighbours? Who are they?’
And Jesus launches into the story of a man who goes down to Jerusalem, and he is completely overtaken by thieves who leave him bruised and beaten, and nearly dead on the road. And then the people that come by, who have the ability to help them because they’re in that situation, they passed by him. You have a priest, you have a Levite who just look at this man, and keep on walking. And then finally a Samaritan comes along, and he looks at this man, and the Bible says that he has compassion for him. He looks down, he binds up his wounds, puts him on his donkey and takes them to an inn. And while there, if that wasn’t enough, he gave the innkeeper money to take care of him. And if there was any outstanding bill, that he should bill it to the Samaritan.
Now, that story in itself is pretty extraordinary. But the fact that the Samaritans and the Jews didn’t get along, that’s even more extraordinary. Because the Samaritan could have seen this man and said, ‘Wow, these guys, they really, they really make life so hard for us and, you know, good riddance’ and gone on, but instead, he thought, ‘I’m going to help this man.’ And a lot of times we look at people and we say, ‘are they deserving of my help? Are they deserving of my love that they are deserving of my resources?’
Jesus never said to us, ‘check how deserving they are first before you help them.’ He said, ‘Go ahead and help them not ask any questions. They’re human beings.’ That is if we do it with our whole heart and soul, pleasing God.
So let’s look at how we develop it. As I was researching, I came across Romans 12. And I thought this is a really good chapter. So we’re going to spend a lot of our time in Romans 12 right now. As we are reading through Romans 12, I want you to think on some questions. I want you to think about how does this apply to me? How have I been doing so far? And what does Jesus want to work in my life? So, I’d like you to consider these questions as we go on to read Romans 12. So let’s look at this. How does finding Jesus change our attitude and way of speaking to treating each other? Now Romans 12:1, (I don’t have it there on the screen,) but it calls upon us to live each day as a living sacrifice. Now we know in ancient times or in the Bible times, people used to bring a sacrifice to the sanctuary and they used to sacrifice that, symbolizing that they were asking for forgiveness of their sins and placing their sins on the lamb. As we do today, right? When we confess our sins, we symbolically place them on Jesus Christ, and He covers us with His blood. And so each day, it says that we have to live as a living sacrifice. What does that mean? See, the truth here is that nothing but the grace of God can convict and convert the heart. I think that’s something that we really need to understand. I’m going to say it again, nothing but the grace of God can convict and convert the heart. I think this is something that we get wrong so often. We think that it’s other things that are going to bring that grace and conviction into our heart and conversion. It’s only Jesus who can break, as it says here, who can take the slaves of custom, sorry, “from Him alone can the slaves of custom obtain power to break the shackles that bind them. It is impossible for a man to present his body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, while continuing to indulge habits that are depriving him of physical, mental and moral vigour.”
And here’s another thing, we need to consider that, what are our habits? What are our actions actually doing to us? And to others? This can be very hard to sometimes stop and think, okay, what is my life like? Am I really doing all I can to please an honour God? Let’s go on.
See, we need to believe. We need to believe that when Jesus says that He has come to give us life and to give us all the tools possible, to give us forgiveness, to give us grace, we have to believe that He means what He says, and to take it completely. It’s very easy to say, ‘Okay, I believe,’ and then walk away and do something else. Believe and to practice. That’s, the tricky thing.
You know, I grew up practicing and playing violin. And I remember sometimes just wishing that by osmosis, I could just, you know, sleep on my scales, and the next morning, I would just, I could just play amazingly but I knew that I had to actually pick up my violin and do the hard work. Get it into my hands and get it into my body essentially. And we call it muscle memory once it’s like, right into you and you have it and then it becomes natural. Right? And the same way we have to take in God’s words. It says that we have to eat it. Right? Make it a part of us. And then it will just go out of us naturally.
So I’m going to take us through Romans 12 just pulling apart each of the verses, just looking at what Christian behaviour is, or what is a Christian attitude. And that sounds like a lot of, how could you say? Maybe it just sounds like a phrase, but let’s look at it as “Okay, this is who Jesus is, this is what He did. And this is what we can do through him.”
Romans 12:2 tells us “be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Now, I have a question for all of us here today, what do you think has led to so many difficulties for you in your relationships with other people? Just in general, let’s take for example, church people. There’s always, there’s always, you know, you rub shoulders with different people right? So, what do you think has been some of the difficulties? What are some of the underlying issues? How are we conforming to the world in our attitudes? How are we doing that?
So let’s break it down. Let’s look at some of the things that the Lord has left for us to understand. We’re reading from Romans 12:9. “Let love be without dissimulation, I abhor that which is evil cleave to that which is good.” Dissimulation is basically without pretence, let your love be without pretence, let it be honest and open. This is a principle that I think if we really take to heart, it will really help us a lot in our attitude and in the relationships that we have with one another.
I included Philippians 4:8 here, because I think sometimes, we need to know what the difference between something that is good, and something that is not good. “Things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely of good report, if there is any virtue, if there is any praise,” these are the things that we are supposed to focus on and think about. These are the things that God calls our mind to, on a daily basis.
So you see, the principle that we have here, is that the way that we treat others does not depend on how I’m feeling today. The way that I speak to others does not depend on how I’m feeling today. The principle is love and what does love produce? Love within our church community. And this is the most beautiful thing and the most amazing thing that we can all work on. But here’s the thing, we have to work on it, we have to cultivate it. A loving church community doesn’t just happen just because you made it to church, and you believe that God is love. That doesn’t just happen. There’s got to be that action behind it.
Verse 10, of Romans 12 says “be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in honour preferring one another.” Now, here’s some of my other questions that, like I said before, some of the things that have caused us a lot of problems I think, is the fact that we might not be so quick to seek forgiveness. Or so quick to offer forgiveness. It’s much easier to think wow, this person really hurt me and I need to hold on to this as long as I can. That’s definitely a lot easier to do than to say, ‘Lord, help me with this.’
There’s a story of a woman, Corrie Ten Boom. She survived a concentration camp. She and her sister and other members of a family were placed into a concentration camp for taking in Jews and hiding them. And while there, she says in her book The Hiding Place that they went through some of the most terrible, terrible situations that anybody would ever face. And while afterwards, she became a speaker and she began touring the country, she was speaking one afternoon about forgiveness and the importance of forgiveness and in the war-torn communities that she visited, that was something that they really needed to hear at the time. And, as she finishes her talk of forgiveness, she looks in the room and she suddenly sees someone who used to be a Nazi guard. And someone that she remembered many times. And at that moment, she just froze because all those memories came back and all that injustice. And yet, she had just been talking about forgiveness. And so, she sees this man coming towards her who confesses that he is now a Christian. And he has heard that it is so good that Jesus forgives and that He forgives all those who come to him. But he puts out his hand to Corrie and he says, “But I want to hear it from you, too. Will you forgive me as well?” And she says that it felt like hours, just that process. That tugging of, ‘I know, I know that this is what God wants for me. But how can I?’ And it’s really interesting because one of the things that she says is that forgiveness does, again, does not depend on how I’m feeling. But it’s that principle that, that if we give our will to the Lord, He helps us and so in that moment, she prayed to the Lord to just help her, help her to forgive. And in that moment, she extended her hand and forgave that soldier.
Where does that come from? That doesn’t come from me that doesn’t come from you. How do we have the ability to forgive others who are essentially unforgiveable? It only comes from God. See, forgiveness is just as much of a healing for the other person, if not more for ourselves.
And here in verse 11, it talks about being “faithful and passionate, not slothful in business fervent in spirit serving the Lord.” There are two things here. Let us do our best wherever we are in our work and to do it passionately fervent in spirit. I like that.
Matthew 7:24 says that those who do what God says not just hears, is like a rock. Someone who builds a house on a rock. I just included that little quote on the bottom because I know that it’s so easy to get so involved in our work, that we become so absorbed that we just don’t have time anymore for prayer and Bible study. And I put that there as just something to be aware of. That the very thing that gives us the ability to get up each day, to praise, to live with purpose is the fact that we have Jesus in our lives.
What are we without Him? That’s something that I think we all have to consider. Who are you without Jesus? Actually, let’s take that further. Let’s strip it right back. Who are you without your job? Who are you without your family? If everything was to be stripped back, who are you? That’s something really good to think about and sometimes scary because perhaps we are identified by the things that we do. Or are we identified by, by the God that we choose to love and to follow?
See when we find our worth in God, everything else changes. We’re able to, to be like Him essentially.
Hopeful and patient. These are the next two things. How is it possible to be hopeful and patient? Romans 12:12 says, “Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer.” Prayer is the lifeblood. It is something that, we should di to keep that communication open. I really liked as I was reading through, I came across Mrs. White’s reply one time. She was being, I think she was being asked if she wanted to buy tickets for a dance or something, something for her to drown her sorrows and that sort of thing. I like that story because I thought, ‘Wow, we have the same thing today’. You know, things haven’t changed, essentially. And her reply was pretty straightforward. But she just said, “Do you ever see me gloomy, desponding or complaining? I have a faith which forbids this. It is a misconception of the true ideal of Christian character and Christian service that leads to these conclusions. It is the want of genuine religion that produces gloom, despondency and sadness. Earnest Christians, seek to imitate Jesus for to be Christians is to be Christlike”. It’s very easy, I think, to say the word Christian, but it actually means to be Christ like. So, if we ever want to be more Christlike, we have to look at Christ and see how He is able to be patient and hopeful.
Hospitable and charitable. George Mueller, who was a great missionary, and he began orphanages in so many different places with so many children. He was a strong believer in prayer. And one story that I read was that he had about 300 children in his orphanage and the cook had just come and said to him, ‘Mr Muller, we have 300 children and absolutely no food.’ So Mueller went into the dining hall with all the children. They sat down and they prayed to the Lord and they asked the Lord to send them food. Not long after, the baker knocked on the door, and said, ‘Mr Muller, I couldn’t sleep. I knew I had to bring you bread. And so I brought you all this bread.’ And so they brought in bread. And sure enough, it was enough for 300 children. And then the next minute the milkman breaks down right in front of the orphanage, and says to Mr Muller, he says, ‘I’m so sorry, we just broke down right in front of your orphanage and the milk is going to go bad. Are you able to use it?’ And George Mueller just smiled, knowing that that milk was just enough to feed the 300 souls in his orphanage. So he never doubted the power of God to feed all those children. He always had room for one more. And that is something that again, the Lord teaches us is to be hospitable. Is to help other people in need. But more than anything to extend, extend our homes, extend what we have and that may not be much, but it sure is worth sharing with others.
One of my favourite memories growing up is the fact that my mom and dad, they were always, they always love to have people over. And it was always very exciting because we used to live four hours out of Brisbane and in a small country town, and it was so exciting when we had visitors or visiting ministers or Bible workers. Like, that was always a very special thing for us. And I’m really thankful to God because we had such a special blessing from opening our homes to people. And this is the blessing that God wants us all to experience. He wants us all to open our hearts and homes.
Returning good for evil. Not evil for evil. Good for evil. “Bless them which persecute you, bless and curse not.” Why? Why did God say something about the words that we speak? See words are powerful. A lot of the things that we speak have the power to affect others, to affect ourselves. There are so many forms of cursing these days. But if we live in that state of grumbling and cursing, how is that actually going to reflect? See a lot of the times we may be driving in our cars and then somebody cuts us off or something. And what’s the first thing that comes to our mind? I think a lot of reasons for what that person is or, or what they were doing that day, you know, it’s the typical road rage that I think we will turn to. But the law tells us bless and curse not.
Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake for this is the kingdom of heaven.” I’m going to look at this in a little bit more detail, and a couple of slides. Let’s go onto empathy and care for others.
Verse 15, says, “Rejoice with them that do rejoice and weep with them that weep.” See, this is something that doesn’t require our money. It requires our time, and it requires us to listen. A lot of times it’s very easy to hear people speaking and want to fix their problems. Want to yeah, just lean in and be like, oh, this is exactly what you need to do. But a lot of the times we just need to lend a listening ear. We need to pray with and for people; with our friends with our family. All of this begins in the closest circle of people that are around you. I think sometimes we think, ‘Oh man, I have to go out and try this in the bigger community. It’s so overwhelming. But we just start with our brother, our spouse, our neighbour, whoever is the closest friend. Sympathizing with them, pray with them watch for opportunities to do them good. This is the simplest way. It takes our time. It takes our energy. But in the end, we are having a really amazing blessing.
And finally being united. (Which is not finally actually there is a couple more things) but “being united, be of the same mind one toward another, mind not high things but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” This is a very, very important one.
1 Peter 3:8 says, “Finally be ye all of one mind having compassion one of another. Love as brother and be pitiful, be courteous.”
These are some things that really make us think about how we act towards one another. I think it’s very easy to think that I had a good reason for the way I acted, or I had a good reason for the way I treated someone else. But at the end of the day, if we are able to look at each other and pull together instead, I think we would find that if we’re able to put aside our differences, we can work together for greater good.
Honest and true. (This is the slide I was referring to before) “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.” This is something again to strive for and something that is not within our own power to do. But if we ask the Lord every single day, ‘Lord teach me how to do this. Teach me how to be honest and true. Teach me how to return good instead of evil.’
Peacemaking. These are actually, (I didn’t mention this earlier), but these are all gifts actually. Some people are very good peacemakers. Some people are very good listeners. Some people are very hospitable. So some people already have a range of these gifts. But there’s always room to cultivate more of this.
So let’s look at peacekeeping. “If it be possible as much as life in you live peaceably with all men.” And there’s a special blessing in Matthew5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” I think that’s awesome. We are the children of God. Blessed are the peacemakers.
Not a vigilante but I like this one, “Dearly Beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath. For it is written, Vengeance is mine. I will repay, sayeth the Lord.”
I think sometimes it’s very easy for us to decide to take matters into our own hands. This is the way it should have gone. Why isn’t somebody fixing this? Or ‘somebody did me wrong! I’m going to seek revenge’. But instead, the Lord tells us “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.” Why mercy? Because in the end, as it says, “Vengeance is mine. The Lord is our true and righteous judge.” It’s very easy to judge. But we can only see so far, we can’t really understand motives. We can’t see further than that. And that is God’s territory, right?
Fault-finding. I wanted to include this because I think it goes along with picking at different—I think it goes with judging actually. I wanted to just read this from Counsels on Health. It’s a little book “There are many who try to correct the lives of others by attacking what they regard as wrong habits. They go to those who they think in error and point out their defects but do not seek to direct the mind to true principles. Such a course often comes far short of securing the desired results. He who takes it upon himself to correct others is likely to cultivate a habit of fault finding and soon his whole interest will be in picking flaws and finding defects. Do not watch others to pick at their faults or expose their errors.” That’s not the way to go. This is a better way to go. “Educate them to better habits”. How? By telling them exactly how they should fix their problems? “By the power of your own example”. This makes a big difference. There’s a saying that says, ‘Preach the gospel. And if necessary use words.’ A lot of the times, actually, most of the time, it’s our example that will speak the loudest. See, “the true objective of reproof”, as it says here, “is only gained when the wrongdoer themselves is led to see his fault and his will is enlisted for its correction. Other than that, seek to preserve his self-respect and to inspire him with courage and hope”. See the object of, of helping, leading someone else, to see the error of their ways, is to really preserve a person’s self-respect and to inspire them with courage and hope. And the best way to do that is with our own examples.
Lover of our enemies. This is probably the harder one to do. “Therefore if thine enemy hunger feed him. If he thirst, give him drink for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.” Now, many of us might say, ‘Well, I don’t know if I have any enemies.’ But your enemy could just be somebody who has hurt you. Or it could be somebody that you don’t like, or you wouldn’t do this for. Someone that you wouldn’t do this for voluntarily. But again, there is a special, a special work here that the Lord has given us to do.
I want to draw your minds to Jesus’ example, actually. When He was on the way to the cross, and when He was on the cross, He just said, do you remember what he said? He just said, ‘Lord, forgive them. Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they do.’ Again, we can only do that through Jesus help. It’s not within us to do this naturally. But through the grace of God, we can become people who do this. People whose love for Jesus is stronger. People who can rise above these things, and actually be a blessing.
You know, there’s a story of a gentleman. He basically explained that two young men came and broke into his business. And these young men ended up going to prison for what they did. But that man came and visited with those young men every single day. And he brought them food. He spoke with them. He just was a very loving person towards them. And he was able to win them, win them over with that. He could have you know put them in prison and gone every day to gloat. But instead, he chose to show the love that Jesus has for us. We overcome evil by overcoming evil with good.
See, these are the things that weigh us down in life. “Envy, malice, evil thinking, evil speaking covetousness, every habit or practice that leads into sin and brings dishonour upon Christ must be put away. Whatever the sacrifice.” So, how do we have an attitude with gratitude? How can we practice this literally every day? It’s simple. It’s very simple. And I’ve just included some steps, but simply it’s accepting Jesus Christ. Fully 100%. Committing 100%. It’s admitting that we need him. It’s admitting that we need change. It’s admitting to His rulership. It’s committing wholeheartedly and then it’s admitting to others or sharing that with others.
I like this quote here by John C. Maxwell, “The greatest day in your life, and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” And I think a lot of us, if we’re truly honest with ourselves, we need that growing up. We need to understand and to see that I need a change of attitude. I need a change of life. Are we satisfied, perhaps, with the way that we react to things? Are we happy with the state of our current relationships? Do we see room for growth? Do we see that there are some things in our lives that need to change? Maybe our entire attitude and outlook on life needs to change. Are we going to do something about it? Because the Lord says that if we can see something and we want it to change, and we’re not happy to live this way anymore, and we’re looking for a solution, then it’s within our will to choose something better.
Psalm 119:9 says “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” It’s by really spending that time with the Lord. It’s about really opening the Word of God. It’s about really praying to the Lord and saying, ‘Lord, show me what you want to teach me. Show me the kind of person that you want to make me.’
And as we ask him this every day, as we search further and further, we need to believe and trust that God is working in our lives. He is. Think back to moments in your life, where God is giving you the strength to do something that you have not been able to do. Think about how he’s cared for you in your life.
2 Peter 1:4 tells us the way that we can cling to God. And we cling to him through his promises. God has made us so many promises and good ones. It says, “whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises that by these, ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” How do we escape? How do we actually become like Jesus? We take hold of what He said. We give our hearts to Him. And we allow God to work in our life. And through that, we can experience a night to day, like anybody in the Bible that we heard in the beginning. Like Peter, like Ruth, like Mary, like someone that you know, who has experienced Jesus.
If you want more of this in your life, if you want a true change, and if you’re not satisfied anymore, with the current attitude that you’ve had before, let’s ask the Lord together to come into our lives and work in us. We all need that. We all need work. Let’s help each other. Let’s understand that every single one of us is needing the grace of God.
So let’s pray together and ask the Lord right now to, to teach us, to come into our lives and to give us an entire change of attitude.
Let’s pray. ‘Our dear loving Heavenly Father, we thank you so much for your many blessings. Thank you for helping us each and every day to see who you are. Thank you for leading us. Thank you for your love, Lord. Thank you for revealing to us that we can be different, that we can change. We can have a completely new life, because it’s the one you want to give us and it’s going to be exciting and it’s going to be amazing Father. You give us good gifts Father. I pray that we can take on who you are and share that with others. There is so much suffering. There’s so many people in the world Lord who have no hope either. Help us to be able to share even a little bit of what we’ve experienced with someone else Lord. Help us to speak a kind word here. Help us to have compassion. Help us to, to be like you. Thank you so much. I ask for a special blessing on everybody who’s been here listening Father. We’re all trying to learn. We’re all trying to understand who you are Father. I pray that you just lead us closer to you. And help us to understand people, to love people, whoever they are, and wherever they are. We ask these things in Jesus name, Amen.