An attitude can be a feeling, tendency or an orientation of the mind or a position of the body appropriate to or expressive of an emotion.  As a teacher of adolescents for 35 years, I could almost always guess their attitude by their body language without hearing a word spoken.  A smile could be a positive clue, but just as often a stare or the rolling of eyes would indicate a negative attitude.  Nowadays when someone describes a person as having “ an attitude” it usually infers that the person is spoiling for an argument.  However, a New Testament Christian should always display an attitude of gratitude.

That starts with an adjustment of the mind.  ( Eph 4:23)  We need to be made new in the attitude of our minds and to put on the new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. ( Eph 4: 23-24)  Our new attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus. ( Php 2: 5)  We are to “arm ourselves with his attitude…as a result we do not live the rest of our earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.  ( I Pet 4: 1-2)  The word of God…judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” ( Heb 4: 12)  Since everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account… ( Heb 4:13) we cannot hide thanklessness, ingratitude, ungratefulness, or lack of appreciation or masquerade as an angel of light as Satan does.

Contrast that attitude with that of Christ Jesus who “ made himself nothing” “he humbled Himself” and “ became obedient to death—even death on a cross.”  ( Php 2: 5-8)  Surely an attitude of ingratitude is one of the worst insults  to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  However, because we live in a sinful world with many temptations, nearly all of us will sin this sin through selfishness and forgetfulness.  God will forgive even this if we humble ourselves, pray and adjust our attitude.

Jim Bailey