Attitude for rest – Part 1
Nobody sets his house on fire and expects to sleep well. There are certain attitudes that make for rest.
Attitude can be defined as the way we think, feel, react or behave towards someone, something or reacts to an act or situation. Sometimes, attitude cannot be hidden for long, as it soon exposes the real you, expressed in your response or feeling.
Attitude often determines what you get out of a situation, people or environment. It determines your level, status or height in life – your altitude. Bad attitude has destroyed many homes and destinies. A look at the life of Jesus shows that He had a right attitude towards God and man,
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Luke 2:52
If you will enjoy rest and fulfil purpose in life, a good attitude is very important: and maintaining good comportment in the face of daunting challenges and provocation.
Jesus, when rebuked by His parents behaved well. And though His parents did not understand His response, yet He followed them without resisting their opinion or turning it into an argument.
And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?
And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Luke 2:48-52
David behaved himself well in the face of provocation from King Saul. He obeyed and went wherever the evil Saul sent him.
And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him.
Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. 1 Samuel 18:14-15
One of the challenges of life is false accusation or people pulling out your wrong past to provoke you to anger, make you feel guilty and unforgiving. Such negative energy can affect your attitude and performance. Moses was accused as a murderer in Exodus 14:11-12, 16:3,
And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.
Sometimes, one of the most powerful forms of accusation is to be accused of being proud. Even as God called Moses the meekest of all men, he was still accused of being proud.
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