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A Christian can't help but develop a positive attitude.

When you truly understand what Jesus did on the cross and what it means for us,

When someone experiences the saving grace given to use by God through Jesus' death on the cross, their life is changed. Sometimes it's an enormous transformation seen when the person walks away from much of the sin that's been in his life. Other times, it's more gradual as the process of sanctification (becoming more like Christ) takes shape in their lives.

In 2 Timothy 2:21 Paul is encouraging Timothy and tells him that by getting rid of the sin in our lives, people can become holy (we become holy through sanctification) and put to good use by God.

2 Timothy 2:21Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

Then, in 2 Corinthians, Paul teaches us about what happens when we are saved—that we become a new creation, what is often referred to as being 'born again'. We're given a new life that God sees as perfect, despite the fact we still struggle with sin. Thanks to Jesus going before us and facing God's wrath against our sins, we can face God and be seen as holy.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

When we focus on what God did for us by sending Jesus to die on that cross and realize it's Christ in us that changes us, we begin to live by faith in who Jesus is and that becomes what guides who we are and how we live our lives. It results in a positive attitude by doing nothing more than focusing on who Christ is in us.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Once we allow Christ to change us and our focus is on God and Christ in us, what's known as the 吐ruit of the Spirit・develops in us and we suddenly have found ourselves with a positive attitude that is focused on Jesus--not our own goals and dreams, but what God wants for us.

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

So where should our focus be? On trying to develop our own positive attitude or focusing on our relationship with Christ and letting our positive attitude develop out of that? When the fruit of the spirit forms in our lives by pursuing God instead of our own agenda, then we're following God's plan for our lives and that is impacted by a real, lasting and God-given positive attitude.

As Christ changes us we develop a positive attitude given to us by the Holy Spirit living inside each of us

Part 7

What you might feel negative about:

It’s hard to give up how we define ourselves and how we see ourselves or who it is that we want to be.

The new ‘positives’ to take away:

When our salvation is real, Christ changes us from the inside and a positive attitude, focused on Jesus is what develops.