I see a lot of Attitude at times from all ages. One of the worst is from Judge Judy. Yes, we watch her sometime. Go ahead and get the groaning out of the way. She comments that her courtroom is her playpen and she is the only one there allowed to have attitude. My personal opinion is that she goes too far, especially in making people look bad.
Paul writes in Philippians Chapter 2 that our attitude should be the attitude of Christ — If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!
We are to have –
1. A compassionate and humble spirit.
2. Be united in love
3. We are to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
5. In humility we are to consider others better than our selves and look also to their interest.
6. Be examples to the world and have diligence in the affairs of salvation.
Paul goes on to say — Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed — not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence — continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life — in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
I love this chapter; here Paul calls them dear friends and tells them to continue in their obedience, even in his absence and to continue working out their salvation with fear and trembling. In part that means be aware of enemies, difficulties and challenges, be alert, and spend time in prayer. It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
God will give us the ability to do the things mentioned, so that we may become blameless and pure children of God who will shine like stars in the universe.
There is a lot of instruction and encouragement in this one chapter and I have certainly not covered it in detail; I am deeply moved and encouraged by it though.