Our Words and Our Attitudes

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Love “does not boast, it is not proud.” (1 Corinthians 14:4). ‘Boasting’ and ‘being proud’ are similar and interrelated. ‘Boasting’ is an activity. It refers to what we say. ‘Being proud’ is a description of an attitude and disposition of mind.

What we say may be an expression of our inner feelings. Our words may reveal what we really think.

On the other hand what we say can have an effect on our manner of thinking. Feelings that we express in words will possibly become more prominent in our approach towards life and other people.

At times we may say things somewhat lightly. Only afterwards we may become more fully aware of the meaning and impact of our words.

Our words will to some extent determine what others think about us and how they interact with us. The way others treat us then will quite possibly have an effect on our own feelings and attitudes.

As you read through the bible you will often be challenged to think about your own words. God would have us learn certain things about our manner of speaking and interacting with others.

You also can easily discover verses of scripture referring to our attitudes of heart. God wants us to reconsider our general outlook and our approach to life.

In Romans 12:2 the apostle Paul instructs the Roman believers: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” What we think has an effect on who we really are. Any change in our thought patterns will lead to some transformation of our personality.

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Competence Given by God

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“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” (2 Corinthians 3:5/NIV).

Just before saying this, Paul has reminded the Corinthians that they had become believers in Jesus Christ through his labours. He did not need letters of recommendation. He said the Corinthian believers were such a letter by themselves.

Paul had been preaching at Corinth. The spark of trust in God conveyed through his words had ignited their hearts. They came to believe and experience that the message they heard was actually true. Paul recalls: “Our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.” (1 Corinthians 1:6/NIV).

Paul did not boast about having been a blessing to these men and women. He maintained that God had been enabling him to minister in that fashion.

The apostle knew full well that he himself was a sinner saved by grace. He trusted that God would strengthen and enable him to live a godly life. He prayed to God for wisdom and guidance in his preaching and teaching. Was it not right for him therefore to give all the glory to God?

In 1 Corinthians 1 he says: “That no flesh should glory in his (in God’s) presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. That according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” (Verses 29-31/ KJV).

Paul’s Christian ministry was based on what God was working in his life and through him. He had learned what it means to glory in the Lord.

Through Messiah Jesus his own life had been changed and renewed. His sins had been forgiven and he now was living in “newness of life.”

God’s own love had gained a foothold in Paul’s life as well as in other believers. Paul was confident: “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:5/KJV).

It is right for us to honour God for any spiritual blessings we have received from him. On the other hand we could also thank God for any natural gifts and skills manifest in our lives.

“What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1Corinthians 4:7/ NIV).

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