Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Being intentional with our words and attitude

Do all things without grumbling or disputing,  that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.  Philippians 2:14-15
I don't know about you, but I do not always do what those verses call us to do.  Just the other day, my husband and I were having a disagreement in the car and from the backseat we heard our little boy singing "Jesus, Jesus, Precious Jesus" and it helped turn our hearts back to God.  There is nothing quite like your toddler to help you get your eternal perspective back, right?!?  Quite humbling in fact...

When we keep the eternal perspective of Jesus, and focus on Him and glorifying Him, it's obvious that we need to be intentional with our words, attitude and thoughts.  So how do we do that?  Philippians 2 has a great start.  We are to do ALL things without grumbling or disputing.  Let's dissect those words.
Grumbling:  complain or protest about something in a bad-tempered but typically muted way.Disputing:  argue about something; discuss heatedly; question whether a statement or alleged fact is true or valid.  A debate, controversy, or difference of opinion.
Let's focus on Jesus and do our best to be a light for Him to this dark world.  Even when things aren't going well, or when we get assigned the dirty job, let's glorify Him by not complaining or arguing and work for God not men. (Colossians 3:23-24)   If it is possible, so far as it depends on us, let's live peaceably with all. (Romans 12:9-21)  Let's choose our words carefully.  Let's give people the benefit of the doubt.  Let's choose to focus on Jesus and what He did for us.  Let's choose a better attitude and take the high road in our thoughts and actions.  (1 John 3:16-18)
Dear Lord, 
Thank you for your unending love and patience for us.  Help us to focus on Jesus and choose to have good attitudes not matter what this life may throw at us.  Please help us to make wise word choices, get along with others and do so without grumbling to be a light for you in this world.  
In Your name, Amen

Other thoughts:
Now, do I think that Paul (who wrote Philippians as a letter to the Church in Philippi) literally meant to never dispute anything?  I'm not sure.  The language he uses seems pretty clear, yet, I think he was speaking in general to be a good witness of Christ to the non-believing world.  I would think that if there are things that are legitimate concerns we are able to dispute those....  (Like in Matthew 18.)


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