What Effect Does My Attitude Have On Others?
It's amazing how positive words can encourage us. How do you feel when someone has said something positive about you?
Christians need to be aware of how they influence others. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13). This is a goal worth striving for.
Our joy can show in our speech and actions in many different ways. We can affect people by our speech and actions. Take, for example, a group of teenagers: If one person begins gossiping about someone, it’s not long until most, if not all, of the group has joined in.
Have you ever been in a room where someone started yawning? What happened? Soon everyone in the room began to yawn. Why? For some reason, yawns are contagious. Our attitude is much like a yawn. If we are positive and reflect Christ, those around us will want to be like us. If, however, we are negative, those around us will soon follow our lead.
Jesus was teaching on salt and light when He said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matthew 5:13). He wants us to be set apart from the world and be His light. If we follow His example, we can be a positive influence on those around us rather than a negative one. “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works” (Ephesians 2:10).
Titus 2:7-8 - In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
1 Peter 2:21 - To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you,leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
As Christians we need to be aware of how we appear to those around us. Think hard about yourself, and ask yourself these questions.
- Do I reflect Christ?
- Does my attitude affect others in a positive way?
- Do people enjoy being around me because I make them feel good?
- In a group setting does my attitude lead others to be Christlike, or does my attitude bring others down?
Remember, that you are called to lead others toward Christ, not away from Him.
Ask God to help you walk in Christ's steps and be a light for Him in the darkness of this world.