Sunday, October 13, 2013

Having the Attitude of Christ

I just wanted to share from my devotion this morning I woke up before the rest of my house.  My attitude has been one of grumbling at work because of certain people or situations and I know its not right but today I was definitely shown that it needs to stop.  I wanted to share because I tend to be selfish and only think of myself and I know many others are like that too.

I have the devotional book from Sarah Young called Jesus Calling it is written from Jesus point of view.  I would just like to share a little exert from the Oct. 9 page,

"Complaining to others is another matter all together.  It opens the door to deadly sins such as self-pity and rage.  Whenever you are tempted to grumble, come to Me and talk it out.  As you open up to Me, I will put My thoughts in your mind and My song in your heart."

The reference verse that goes along with this is Phil. 2:14-15 but I looked at the big picture as Phil 2:1-18 and I will put it here so you may read it also!

Philippians 2:1-18

New Living Translation (NLT)

Have the Attitude of Christ

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,[a]
    he did not think of equality with God
    as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[b];
    he took the humble position of a slave[c]
    and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,[d]
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
    and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

Shine Brightly for Christ

12 Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. 16 Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless. 17 But I will rejoice even if I lose my life, pouring it out like a liquid offering to God,[e] just like your faithful service is an offering to God. And I want all of you to share that joy. 18 Yes, you should rejoice, and I will share your joy.

Footnotes:

  1. 2:6 Or Being in the form of God.
  2. 2:7a Greek he emptied himself.
  3. 2:7b Or the form of a slave.
  4. 2:7c Some English translations put this phrase in verse 8.
  5. 2:17 Greek I will rejoice even if I am to be poured out as a liquid offering.
(From Biblegateway.com)


I hope you are encouraged and convicted by the Word and seek a Christ like attitude in all you do as I am trying to do as well! 

-Miranda

Sarah Young.  (2004).  Jesus Calling.  Nashville, Tennessee:  Thomas Nelson.

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