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Proverbs 15:13A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken (NKJV). 1Proverbs 17:22A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.2Proverbs 15:15All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast. 3The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD The Worlds Emphasis on Positive ThinkingDenominational Approaches to Positive ThinkingBrethrens Concerns About Positive PreachingA Scriptural Attitude is Positive4DefinitionsWhat is a positive attitude? One that Hopes for the bestLooks for the bestBelieves the best is possibleThe Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 5DefinitionsWhat is a negative attitude? One that Exaggerates lifes difficulties or shortcomingsIgnores the good in life or othersImagines the worst possible outcome will happenThe Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 6Are there positive and negative people?Without a positive attitude in our service to God we will be crippled, ineffective, and doomed to a life of spiritual immaturity and discontentment!The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 7Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toPersonal Growth (Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Tim. 1:12-14).A positive attitude will sayI can overcome temptationsI can grow in service to Christ

The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 8Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toPersonal Growth (Phil. 3:12-14; 1 Tim. 1:12-14).A negative attitude will sayIll never be able to resist!Ill never be like so and so!The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 9Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toFamily Relationships (Eph. 5:22-29; 6:1-4).A negative attitude will saySo and so just tries to frustrate me!If only so and so was more______

The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 10Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toFamily Relationships (Eph. 5:22-29; 6:1-4).A positive attitude will sayI know they have their faults but they have some fine qualities!They put up with my faultsI can bear the few they have.

The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 11Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toDealing with Brethren (Col. 3:12-15).A positive attitude will saySo and so is really showing some growth in Christ.I really think I could encourage them in this or that.They did a fine job with that task!

The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 12Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toDealing with Brethren (Col. 3:12-15).A negative attitude will sayBrother so and so irritates me so much.They meant to do such and such that hurt my feelings.Could you believe they did that?The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 13Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toPersonal Evangelism (Acts 18:24-28; 18:8-11).A positive attitude will sayMaybe if we try this, we could win some souls.So and so shows some potential, maybe with some workPeople can change, if only I am ready to help them!

The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 14Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toPersonal Evangelism (Acts 18:24-28; 18:8-11).A negative attitude will sayWeve tried it before, it wont do any good!Nobody wants to do whats rightSo and so will never accept the truth!The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 15Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toFacing Trials (2 Cor. 4:8-10).A negative attitude will sayThis isnt fair, why should I have to go through this?Nobody cares, or understands what I have to face!The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 16Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toFacing Trials (2 Cor. 4:8-10).A positive attitude will sayThis is hard but Ill make it through it and heaven will be worth it all!Others have faced things far worse than thisThe Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 17Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toOur Relationship with the Lord (Deut. 6:24-25).A positive attitude will sayGod really cares for me and has greatly blessed me!I want to do everything the Lord commands me.The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 18Our Attitude is Important When it Comes toOur Relationship with the Lord (Deut. 6:24-25).A negative attitude will sayDoing _____ for the Lord is the biggest pain in the world!Why is God so picky, if only I could do what I want to do!The Importance of a Positive Attitude and the Danger of a Negative AttitudeIN SERVING THE LORD 19