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Attitude: In General

Proverbs 17:22

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

RayMcDAs we begin a New Year – I felt the need to do a series of blog posts about attitude. I believe we can have all the right programs in a church. We can have friendly faces on Sunday mornings. We can have just the right amount of staff and volunteers. We can have a great facility that is attractive – warm – and welcoming. But I believe if our attitudes are not right – our attitudes will seep through all of the other areas of ministry and eventually they will be seen and will corrupt all that we try to do. We all need to constantly check our attitudes. I’m not sure how long this series will go – but I felt led of God to share it.

You would think that – in the church – good attitudes would abound – maybe even be the rule rather than the exception. Yet in church life – real people are involved and real people have attitudes at times. I’ve spent a lot of time over the years talking about our attitude as Christians. I created a saying some 30 plus years ago that goes like this – Christianity boils down to attitude. Over the year I’ve added a follow-up statement and the saying now reads – Christianity boils down to attitude – the condition and position of one’s heart. God is after our hearts – God desires a cheerful heart – a heart set on Christ. Let’s look at some passages that speak about the heart.

Christ is after the heart (the attitude). Proverbs 23:26 – My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways.

Christ is after the heart (the attitude). Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Christ is after the heart (the attitude). Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Christ is after the heart (the attitude). Psalm 51:10 – Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Christ is after the heart (the attitude). John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Christ is after the heart (the attitude). Philippians 4:7 – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Christ is after the heart (the attitude). Matthew 5:8 – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Christ is after the heart (the attitude). Mark 12:30 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Christ is after the heart (the attitude). Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Proverbs 17:17–22 – 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. 18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor. 19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction. 20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble. 21 To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool. 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

In the year 2017 – the new and fresh year before us – let us seek after Christ with all of our heart – with a cheerful heart – with a heart set on Christ. Let us be cheerful and welcoming to all with the love of Christ. We will attract more people to Christ with a cheerful heart – a heart filled with the Joy of Christ – than with any other heart condition. Let us not allow the world – the devil – a bad day – steal our joy. Let us not allow our attitudes to be dampened by circumstance. Let us strive to deal with one another with joy and love.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

January 2, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Hey Pastor Ray, what a great post for the 1st of the year. We all need an attitude check from time to time. Thanks for a great lists of Scriptures.


    Comment by JR | January 2, 2017 | Reply

    • Hey JR – long time no type (lol). Thanks for your kind words…


      Comment by raymcdonald | January 3, 2017 | Reply

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