An Attitude Adjustment (Matthew 5)

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

From my earliest memories of my Dad and his many sayings comes this idiom “You need an attitude adjustment.”  At our home this meant that the whippings were about to commence.

Are there moments in our journey with Jesus when He speaks to us about our need of an attitude adjustment?  Consider Matthew 5 in your answer:

Jesus is on a mountain side with His disciples.  Jesus sits down in a particular place and begins to teach.  Matthew 5-7 gives us the details of His teachings.  Verses 3 through 12 are called the “Beatitudes.”  Someone wrote, “these are the attitudes God blesses.”

When I read the above quote, I asked myself this question: Why would God bless our attitudes? Here is God’s answer:

  • To be “poor in spirit” is to cry out to God, I am spiritually bankrupt and I cannot save myself.
  • To be “in mourning” is to be broken over my sin knowing that I have sinned against God.”
  • To be “meek” is to cry out to Jesus for salvation.  Christ alone is able to save.
  • To “hunger and thirst for righteousness” means that I am now seeking God’s way of living and I am no longer seeking the way of sin.
  • To be “merciful” is to give to others what God has extended to me.
  • To be “pure in heart” is to be clean before God and clinging to His righteousness.
  • To be “a peacemaker” is to seek to see all men reconciled to God.
  • To be “persecuted for righteousness sake” is to live a life that is worthy of the gospel.

Yes, it is true, God does bless such attitudes because they are the attitudes of someone who has come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Such a person now becomes “salt and light” before the world.

Question: “Do you and I need an attitude adjustment today?”

I know God has adjusted my eternal destination.  But I also know that daily He is adjusting me to His will.  My prayer for you is simply this: “May Jesus marks of adjustment be evident in your life every day.”

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