Thursday, April 8, 2010

What's your heart's attitude?

1 John 2:15-16
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world-the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does-comes not from the Father but from the world.

The Life Application Bible offers this insight:

Some people think that worldliness is limited to external behavior-the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we enjoy. Worldliness is also internal because it begins in the heart and is characterized by three attitudes.

1) the cravings of the sinful man-preoccupation with gratifying physical desires;
2) the lust of his eyes-craving and accumulating things, bowing down to the god of materialism;
3) boasting of what he has and does-obsession of one's status or importance...

By contrast, God values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and a commitment to humble service. It is possible to give the impression of avoiding worldly pleasures while still harboring worldly attitudes in your heart.

Do you ever lull yourself into complacency because you DO all the right things? Have you checked your heart's attitude lately?

Just something to think about today.

Happy Thursday!

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