The Way – Wrong Attitudes to be Avoided

Avoid anxiety:

Matthew 6:25-34 “This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: they don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these! If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t He do much more for you—you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Mark 4:19 but with the worries of this age, the seduction of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your care upon Him, because He cares about you.

Avoid belligerence:

1 Timothy 3:2-3 An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, and controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy.

Avoid contentiousness:

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit; but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.

James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and lie in defiance of the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.

Avoid cowardice:

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love and sound judgment.

Revelation 21:8 But the cowards, unbelievers, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars – their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.

Avoid disrespect:

3 John 1:9-10 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, does not receive us. This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slandering us with that! He not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church.

Jude 1:8-10 Nevertheless, these dreamers likewise defile their flesh, despise authority, and blaspheme glorious things. Yet Michael the archangel, when he was disputing with the Devil in a debate about Moses’ body, did not dare bring an abusive condemnation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Avoid egotism:

Galatians 5:26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.

Avoid envy and covetousness:

Galatians 5:26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Titus 3:4 But when the goodness and love for man appeared from God our Savior

Luke 12:15 He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one’s life is not in the abundance of its possessions.”

Colossians 3:5 Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.

Avoid fear of sinful mankind:

Matthew 10:28 Don’t fear those that kill the body but are not able to kill the soul: rather, fear Him who is able to destroy both the soul and body in Hell.

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.

Psalms 118:6 The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid.

Avoid greediness:

Ephesians 5:3 But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints.

Ephesians 5:5 For know and recognize this: no sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God.

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I am writing you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother who is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a reviler, a drunkard or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person.

Avoid hardheartedness:

Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, drive out demons. You have received free of charge; give free of charge.

Mark 3:5 After looking around at them with anger and sorrow at the hardness of their hearts, He told the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.

Avoid hatred:

Titus 3:3 For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, captives of various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up conflicts, but love covers all offenses.

Avoid hypocrisy:

2 Corinthians 6:4, 6 But in everything, as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves: by great endurance, by afflictions, by hardship, by pressures, by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love

James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy.

Avoid jealousy:

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient; love is kind. Love does not envy; is not boastful; is not conceited.

Proverbs 14:30 A tranquil heart is life to the body, but jealousy is rottenness to the bones.

Avoid laziness:

Proverbs 21:25 A slacker’s craving will kill him because his hands refuse to work.

Romans 12:11 Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord.

Proverbs 19:15 Laziness induces deep sleep, and a lazy person will go hungry.

Ecclesiastes 10:18 Because of laziness the roof caves in, and because of negligent hands the house leaks.

Avoid the love of money, and avoid the love for material things:

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.

Hebrews 13:5 Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. Because everything that belongs to the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of one’s lifestyle – is not from the Father, but is from the world.

Avoid malicious bitterness:

Ephesians 4:31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness.

Avoid presumptuousness:

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.

Proverbs 13:10 Arrogance leads to nothing but strife, but wisdom is gained by those who take advice.

Proverbs 21:24 The proud and arrogant person, named “Mocker,” acts with excessive pride.

Avoid pride and haughtiness:

Proverbs 16:18 Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:5 Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the LORD; be assured, he will not go unpunished.

James 4:16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

Proverbs 21:4 The lamp that guides the wicked – haughty eyes and an arrogant heart – is sin.

Avoid rebelliousness to the Truth:

1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and defiance is like wickedness and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He has rejected you as king.

Correct version: 1 Samuel 15:23 “Refusing to obey him is as sinful as using evil magic. Being proud is as evil as worshiping statues of gods. You have refused to do what the Lord told you to do. So he has refused to have you as king.” New International Reader’s Version.

1 Samuel 15:23 “Whenever the spirit from God [troubled] Saul, David would pick up his harp and play, and Saul would then be relieved, feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.”. (The Holman Christian Standard Bible toned the scripture down, and that is considered as taking away from the Word.)

Avoid stubbornness and self-will in spiritual things:

Jeremiah 13:10 These evil people, who refuse to listen to Me, who walk in the stubbornness of their own hearts, and who have followed other gods to serve and worship – they will be like this underwear, of no use whatsoever.

Titus 1:7 For an overseer, as God’s manager, must be blameless, not arrogant, not quick tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money.

2 Peter 2:10 especially those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority. Bold, arrogant people! They do not tremble when they blaspheme the glorious ones

Avoid uncontrolled anger:

Colossians 3:8 But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are, and so that he may encourage your hearts.

Psalms 37:8-9 Refrain from anger and give up your rage; do not be agitated – it can only bring harm. For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the LORD will inherit the land.

Proverbs 14:17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, and a man who schemes is hated.

Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered man increases rebellion.

Avoid unreasonableness:

1 Peter 2:15 For it is God’s will that you, by doing good, silence the ignorance of foolish people.

Avoid wicked suspicions:

1 Timothy 6:4 he is conceited, understanding nothing, but having a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slanders, evil suspicions.

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