Friday - September 16, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 3:8
MAIN IDEA: “A Loving Attitude”
Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8 to think on things that are lovely. Here, lovely means what is amiable – such as a tempered mind, so people can love your kindness; or such as agreeable to others. A Christian should not be sour, crabby, or irritable in their temperament.
It is hard to approach someone and tell them about a loving Savior like Jesus and be effective, if your attitude is not a loving one. Whether you are talking to fellow Christians or non-Christians, the way you relate to them will do more good by being amiable. 1 Corinthians 16:14 says, “Let all that ye do be done in love.”
It probably isn’t hard for you to think of a difficult person in your own life. In our broken, sin-filled world they are everywhere. We run into these people at work, school, shopping, athletic events, and yes, even at church. Don’t approach a difficult person with any expectation that you will make an immediate change. Having a loving attitude toward all will help love those who seem unlovable; those who seem incapable of giving us anything in return for our love. Remember, as with sinners we love the person not the sin.
You have a great message to tell about a wonderful Savior. Your opportunity may only come one time for some people you meet. That message may come from you without words. Always have a loving attitude, as Paul tells us, and more doors will be opened.
APPLICATION: Discuss a person in your life who is difficult to approach or be around. What are some options? Are you a difficult person?