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AVOIDING BAD ATTITUDES

June 24, 2017

Saturday

 

Ephesians 6:4

 

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul addressed “fathers” because they are God’s ordained family heads on whom the

primary responsibility for child-raising rests. When a father is absent in a family, the mother usually assumes this responsibility. In Greco-Roman society, the father’s authority over his children was absolute. “This idea would have been revolutionary in its day; in the first-century

Roman Empire, fathers could do pretty much what they liked in their families. They could even sentence family members to death.

 

Christianity stressed consideration for the feelings of the children in parental responsibility.

Essentially, this command forbids making unreasonable demands on children in the

everyday course of family life.

 

Responsible authority does not wield power; it serves with it. Too many parents nowadays foster the latent mischief by a policy of laissez faire, pampering their pert urchins like pet monkeys whose escapades furnish a fund of amusement as irresponsible freaks of no serious import. Such unbridled young scamps, for lack of correction, develop too often into headstrong, peevish, self-seeking characters, menaces to the community where they dwell, and the blame rests with

their supine and duty-shirking seniors. “There is a ‘discipline of the Lord’ which is the responsibility of the parent, just as obedience ‘in the Lord’ is the duty of the child.

 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:20

 

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

AVOIDING BAD ATTITUDES

June 23, 2017

Friday

 

Matthew 5:22

 

“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

 

 

LESSON

 

When God gave the sixth commandment, He did not just want people to refrain from murdering one another. He wanted them to refrain from the hatred that leads to murder. Murder is only the external manifestation of the internal problem. The scribes and Pharisees dealt only with the

external act. Jesus showed that God’s concern ran much deeper. Refraining from homicide does not constitute a person righteous in God’s sight. Inappropriate anger renders one subject to judgment at God’s heavenly court “since no human court is competent to try a case of inward anger.

 

Jesus said the offender is “guilty” enough to suffer eternal judgment, not that he will. Whether he will suffer eternal judgment or not depends on his relationship to God.

 

Jesus was well known for upsetting people’s “apple carts.” In this verse He challenges us to go beyond the obvious sin of murder and to dwell on anger, judgment, and provoking others.

 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:20

 

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

AVOIDING BAD ATTITUDES

June 22, 2017

Thursday

 

Ephesians 4:29

 

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

 

 

LESSON

 

Christians should use words to build up people rather than to tear them down. Words can “give grace”, in the sense that they communicate encouragement and direction, and thus enable the hearer to do right. The ‘corrupt’ speech here condemned is foul talk, and not merely idle talk.

 

It is said that a man once came to Mohammed and asked how he could make amends for falsely accusing a friend. Mohammed told him to put a feather on every doorstep in the village. Next day he told the man to collect them. ‘But that is impossible,’ said the man, ‘the wind has scattered

them beyond recall!’ The prophet replied, ‘So is it with your reckless words.

 

What we say reflects what is inside. What we say also affects what is inside. When we are careless with our words we grieve God. We also transform ourselves. When we are careful about our words we please God, and are transformed to reflect Him better.

 

Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:20

 

 

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

AVOIDING BAD ATTITUDES

June 21, 2017

Wednesday

 

Ephesians 4:31

 

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul now listed some sins that grieve the Spirit. “Bitterness” is the opposite of sweetness and kindness. It harbors resentment and keeps a record of wrongs done. Every Christian might well pray that God would teach him how to forget.

 

“Wrath” or rage flows from bitterness, and refers to outbursts of uncontrolled passionate frustration. “Anger” is inappropriate noisy assertiveness and abuse. “Clamor” or brawling describes shouting. “Slander” refers to words that hurt another person. “Malice” is bad

feelings toward another person or people, and is the source of the other five vices.

 

Bitterness is something we feel never will happen to us. We go through life opening our hearts to many people, seeking friendship in this life. But when we least expect it someone hurts us, or circumstances themselves come to a place where we allow bitterness to come into our hearts towards even God himself. Feeling angry and disappointed over how we have been treated or how circumstances have treated us produce great bitterness in our being. This feeling we hold in is suppressed in our hearts and not see at first in our daily life. But it starts to seep out its poison slowly in our words, and mind, we start to judge everyone, say cynical and hard comments towards others. Usually this hurt is directed towards a person or specific situation. Anything that would remind the hurt person of this situation will result in their hurt to come out in words that damage and tear down others. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.

 

Memory Verse: Galatians 5:20

 

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

AVOIDING BAD ATTITUDES

June 20, 2017

Tuesday

 

James 1:19

 

This you know, my beloved brethren but everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;

 

 

LESSON

 

We may respond to trials by complaining about them and becoming angry over them. James advised his readers to remain silent (“slow to speak”) and calm (“slow to anger”) and to listen submissively to (“quick to hear”) the Word of God. Many people have observed that we have two ears and one mouth, which ought to remind us to listen twice as much as we speak.

 

Christians must keep a tight rein on their tongues. It’s okay to get muddy with soil but Christians are called to be spiritually holy! And so, I believe another way of saying this verse then is, Christians are not to allow anything from society to negatively impact their Godly lives!

 

Memory verse: Galatians 5:20

 

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

AVOIDING BAD ATTITUDES

June 19, 2017

Monday

 

1 Samuel 16:7

 

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

 

LESSON

 

God evaluates people, namely, on the basis of their hearts, not their appearances or abilities. As He had done earlier in Scriptural history, God chose the son that was not the natural choice, showing that He does not bind Himself to what is traditional. It is unusual that Jesse did not have “David” present for Samuel’s inspection since he, too, was one of his sons.

 

When God looks at us, He looks directly into our hearts first! What will God see in our hearts? The first thing God will look for in our hearts is Jesus Christ! If God does not see Jesus in our hearts, we will be God’s enemies! Allow Jesus Christ, Savior and God, into your heart, into your life forever!  Try to see people as God sees people. We really should look at people’s hearts first not their public appearance!

Easier said than done right? But with Jesus in our hearts, we will see the spiritual if we yield to God the Holy Spirit! It all starts with humility before God and prayer.

 

Viewing people from the inside out is looking past the outside so you can truly know them. It is the way God sees us and the only way we should view ourselves and others in the world.

 

Memory Verse: Galatians 5:20

 

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

GAINING FROM LOSS

June 17, 2017

Saturday

 

Mark 9:35

 

Sitting down, He called the twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus acted quickly to avoid greater publicity. Addressing the spirit as deaf as well as dumb heightens the difficulty of the exorcism which Jesus is performing and may carry some irony in that a deaf spirit should not be able to hear his command to come out but he makes it hear.

 

If we desire to be great in the kingdoms of men, we are setting ourselves up for a fall:”For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles

himself will be exalted.” If we desire to be great in the kingdom of God, let us humbly serve one

another and those in the world.

 

Memory Verse: John 12:24

 

“It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”