Monday, November 2, 2009

Keep Our Attitudes In Check

For the last 4 weeks during our 40 Week Renewal Of Our Life, I have been writing weekly devotionals to go over with my kids and wanted to share this past weeks with you.

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” NIV

NCV says, “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”

Message says, “Your Heart is where life starts”

If life starts in the heart then don’t you think it is important to make sure we are keeping our heart in check?—our heart can be our attitudes. It is important for us to keep our attitudes of our hearts in completely aligned with God. We can let way too many things get in our way of this like; offense, hurt feelings, bad attitudes and dislike towards someone and the devil can really gain some footholds here. Footholds are pathways to our hearts. As we learn to focus on the promises of God instead of the problems of life, the attitudes of our hearts begin to line up with all God wants and has for us.

Galatians 5:22-23 talks about the fruits of the spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.”NIV

“But what happens when we life God’s way? He brings gifts in our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life and serenity.” The Message

These fruits reveal what our heart-attitudes should be. Every day we should ask God to help us to produce the fruits of the Spirit in all the relationships and responsibilities of our lives.

Who do we have relationships with where we can demonstrate these fruits?

How are some ways this week we can use these fruits? Possibly on our brother or sister?

Ephesians 4:31 “Do not be bitter or angry or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just as God forgave you in Christ.”

How are some ways we can make sure we do not get mad?

What are some of the reasons we get mad or angry?

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