Attitude is something that is seen quite a bit today. It comes across in how people act and how they relate to others.
Attitude is defined as a position or manner indicative of feeling, opinion or intention toward a person or thing. One needs to be careful with their attitude, for they may sin in attitude without physical action.
This sin is one that only God may know about, but it is still sin, or it may be on display for all the world to see, but again it can be sinful.
One needs to be careful with their attitude about themselves. One should not let their ego get the best of them.
Paul wrote a warning concerning this attitude: “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:” (Rom. 12:3, 4).
Again in the letter to the Galatians he said, “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself ” (Gal. 6:3).
Those who manifest this attitude do not show forth the attitude of our Lord. This attitude seen in Christians surely warms the heart of Satan.
One’s attitude toward their enemies should also be guarded. Jesus said, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matt. 5:44).
Jesus is saying to seek good for all, even your enemies. Failure to do this can lead to more sin.
Paul wrote, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 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. Be not overcome of evil but overcome evil with good” (Rom. 12:19-21).
This way of dealing with enemies is foreign to the world but should be a standard in the lives of Christians.
The attitude one exhibits toward other Christians can also be dangerous. Human beings from time to time have differences.
This is seen in God’s word several times. The herdsmen of Abraham and Lot had problems, Paul and Barnabas had problems and even Peter and Paul had differences.
The world’s answer to differences between people many times is malice, bitterness, lack of a forgiving spirit, fault-finding, etc. – God does not want his children acting like the world, in any matter!
Paul wrote some great advice about anger, (Eph. 4:26). One should not hold grudges and bitterness in their hearts toward others. One who claims to be a Christian must remember to not act like those of the world.