Lives are changed by attitudes. Some attitudes are uplifting and warm, while others are mean and sinister in nature.
Attitudes affect one’s worship to God. “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Matt. 5:23,24).
In Paul’s description of love, he spoke of the attitude Christians should have in dealing with each other especially.
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;” (1 Cor. 13:4-5).
Christians must be able to bear some things, talk out problems and work together in love for each other and the Lord. If they act like those in the world, Satan wins.
A person can also have a dangerous attitudetoward God. Some think God does not mean what he says.
Pharaoh had such an attitude even after he witnessed the power of God. Those who do not believe God have forgotten that God cannot lie (Titus1:2).
God has promised man that heaven awaits all who will obey him. He has provided the means for man’s justification – the giving of Christ on Golgotha’s cross.
He has given man his word to read and study so that we are not left to guess what is pleasing to God. God wants all men to be saved.
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:3, 4).
Many are indifferent to God and his teachings – this is a very dangerous attitude. This attitude is due in part to humanistic teachings, and to the teaching of the false idea of evolution.
If one believes these two ideas, then there is no place for God.
Others believe in God but have fallen into thedoctrine of Calvinism, which teaches that if you are saved, there is no way for you to be lost, and if you are lost there is no way for you to be saved.
This doctrine has and will cause many souls to be lost in hell.
Another attitude toward God that is extremely dangerous is that of not trusting in him. This attitude can lead Christians away from God, though they believe they are faithful followers.
One must realize that God expects them to do all they can do for themselves, but there comes a time when we must leave (whatever the situation) things to God. One can work and pray, but one’s trust must be in him.
God gave man a mind and soul to use as man desires. God wants man to use it for him, but it is up to man.