Ch. 11: The Attitudes of a Godly Heart

Attitudes of a Transformed Heart

by, Martha Peace

Ch. 11: The Attitudes of a Godly Heart

  • The attitude of OBEDIENCE:
    • A Christian with an obedient heart has a desire and strives to perfectly keep the commandments of God p.162
    • Biblical principles: pgs. 162-163
      1. The Lord Jesus Christ is our example (Philippians 2:5-8)
      2. An obedient person puts God’s desires ahead of their own desires (Matthew 26:39)
      3. We are to behave in a godly manner (1 Peter 1:14-16)
      4. We are to obey God even if we must suffer for it (Acts 5:27-29)
      5. Obedience is an evidence of salvation (1 John 2:3-5)
      6. Obedience is living by faith, not by sight (Hebrews 11:8)
      7. Those who obey God are those who love the Lord (John 14:15)
      8. To those who love the Lord, His commands are not burdensome (1 John 5:3)
    • Practical application: pgs. 164-165
      1. Can sing hymns such as “Oh, How I Love Jesus” and it is a true statement
      2. Is obedient whether they want to be or not
      3. Lives their life based on the Word of God and not their feelings
      4. Is willing to stand up to peer pressure
      5. Is not walking with the rest of the world, they are different
      6. Has joy in doing what God wants. It is not a chore for them
  • The attitude of CONTENTMENT:
    • Contentment is an inward grace given by God that results in a mindset of being satisfied to stay in your circumstances for as long as God wills p.165
    • Biblical principles: pgs. 166-167
      1. We can learn to be content no matter how tought things are because God will help us (Philippians 4:11-13)
      2. We are to be content with the necessities of life (1 Timothy 6:8)
      3. Be content with what you have today. Focus on seeking God and pleasing Him (Matthew 6:25, 33)
      4. A person who is content does not complain (1 Corinthians 10:9-10)
      5. True contentment means we do not have to sin against God (Job 1:20-22; 6:10)
    • Practical application: pgs. 167-168
      1. True contentment can only come from God. The natural heart is lustful after more… it can never be satisfied
      2. Contentment comes from being in a right standing with God
      3. Contentment is a mindset. It’s not what you have that makes you content, it’s what you tell yourself about it
      4. It is a sin not to be content with what the Lord has given you
  • The attitude of SERVING:
    • A person with a servant’s heart is someone who has the desire to be a voluntary servant to the Lord Jesus Christ and it shows in their actions and attitudes p.168
    • Biblical principles: pgs. 169-170
      1. The apostle Paul saw himself as a bond-servant to the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 1:1-3)
      2. God will reward those with a servant’s heart (Matthew 20:25-28)
      3. The mark of a true servant is his faithfulness (Matthew 24:45-46)
      4. As a servant of the Lord Jesus, we should be servants to others (Colossians 1:7-8)
      5. A servant is not greater than his master. So, there will be times you will suffer persecution if you are truly the Lord Jesus’ servant (John 15:20)
      6. We are not to be slaves to men (1 Corinthians 7:23)
      7. We choose to become a servant (Philippians 2:5-7)
      8. Some characteristics… are to not be quarrelsome and to bekind, able to teach, patient when wronged, gently correcting those in opposition (2 Timothy 2:24-26)
    • Practical application: pgs. 171-172
      1. Our chores take on a new purpose when we do them as a servant to the Lord
      2. God wants us to be faithful day-by-day, not just have occasional periodic bursts of enthusiasm
      3. We are to be faithful to be kind and gentle with others
      4. Ask God to give you a servant’s heart that He will use for His glory
      5. Look for things you can do for others
      6. Like Joshua, decide now whom you are going to serve
      7. Is it God you are serving by being obedient to His Word or is it your worldly pleasures and self interests?
  • The attitude of GRATITUDE:
    • The Christian with a grateful heart is thankful to God in all things whether their circumstances are good or bad p.173
    • Biblical principles: pgs. 173-174
      1. We are to be thankful for God’s gift of grace to us, the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 9:15)
      2. Gratefulness to God is part of worshiping Him (Psalm 100:1-5)
      3. Not being grateful to God is a characteristic of unbelievers (Romans 1:21)
      4. We are commanded to be thankful (Colossians 3:15)
      5. Be thankful for whatever God brings your way (1Thessalonians 5:18; Job 1:21)
    • Practical application: pgs. 175-176
      1. A thankful person sees the grace of God in their trials
      2. A thankful person does not become bitter or angry with God when adversity comes
      3. Instead of being sinfully disappointed, a thankful person gives their expectations to God and waits to see how God decides to work
      4. A thankful person is a joy to be around
      5. A thankful person is able to worship God as He deserves and desires
  • The attitude of FORBEARANCE:
    • A person who is forbearing is tolerant… they put up with differences and biblically bear with the sin and mistakes of others p.176
    • Biblical principles: pgs. 177-178
      1. God demonstrated His righteousness by showing His forbearance (Romans 3:21-26)
      2. We are to be tolerant of one another as we work hard at having unity (Ephesians 4:1-3)
      3. We are to bear with one another (Colossians 3:12-13)
      4. Our forbearance should be known to all (Philippians 4:5)
    • Practical application: pgs. 178-179
      1. We are to follow the example of the Lord Jesus Christ that even though He was tempted, He never sinned
      2. We are likely to become intolerant when we begin to judge motives
      3. We need to be accepting of differences that we have
      4. God puts difficult people in our lives always for a purpose. One of His purposes is to make us more godly
      5. We choose to glorify God by being forbearing or we choose to sin
      6. Forbearance and overlooking sin in the name of “letting love cover” are two different things

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