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By Wiley Adams

Attitude is very important in all that we do. Some are always pessimistic and down on everything and everybody. Others with perhaps greater reasons to be down are cheerful and up in their approach. Being around some people is depressing and with others it is a pleasure because they have such a positive attitude toward the things of life. What are we talking about? I believe it is attitude. Let us consider three areas in which attitude is most important.

The Christian always needs to consider God and the things of God to have top priority. But some do not serve the Lord with gladness of heart. To them it is a life of burdens and difficulties to be endured. Again we are talking about attitude. On the other hand others develop an upbeat attitude and serve God with joy and love. It is good to be alive and to have fellowship with God and their fellow Christians. Believers and those who are not find being in their presence a pleasant experience due to their good attitude toward God and the things of God. Matt. 6:33 says, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

It is important how we interrelate with our fellow man, particularly our brethren. 1 Peter 2:17 says: "Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king." Jesus was a sociable person. He went to a wedding and provided refreshments on one occasion. He went regularly into the homes of various ones to have a meal or to visit. This is especially set forth in the case of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. He grew in favor with God and man. We need to remember that. We are to be salt and light to our friends and neighbors. A sunny disposition is welcome in any circle. But don't forget that the brethren like to be around those who are happy and pleasant. In fact, Proverbs 15:13 says, "A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken." When you come right down to it why should not a saint of God have a cheerful countenance? Prolonged grief and sorrow of heart will break the spirit and render one useless.

Self-respect is essential to right life. After all, if one does not respect self others are not likely to do so. A person who introverts is thinking only of self. So there are two sides to this matter. On the one hand self-esteem is important to well-being but we can go too far with this and become puffed up and arrogant. Therefore, Paul said in Romans 12:3 that one ought "not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think..." Notice this carefully. There is a self-respect which man ought to think. But do not go past the boundary. This is what Paul is saying. When brethren go on pity-parties this becomes objectionable to those around us. Self-pity will harm a person and drive away those of our acquaintance who love us. It can make a person sick, alienate others and can make one bitter and hateful. This will have a bearing also on the salvation of one's soul.

So, brethren, let us give this consideration.

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