This evening at our ‘Little Big Church’, we looked at ‘new attitudes for the new year.’ Instead of simply making New Year’s resolutions we can’t keep, what is important for Christians is to put off the old self and put on the new (see Eph 4:22-24) and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Rom 12:2) Then our right attitudes can lead to good actions and we can allow the Holy Spirit to grow His fruit in our lives Isee Gal 5:22-23).
The children had fun with our honeycomb, looking at ten wrong attitudes (hatred, jealousy, unforgiveness, impurity, idolatry, selfish ambition, gluttony and drunkenness, quarrelling and unkindness), attitudes which arise from the sin within us all, and at ten right attitudes (love, goodness, forgiveness, holiness or purity, putting God first, thoughtfulness and consideration, self-control, peace and kindness. These attitudes reflect God’s character, but can only grow within us as we believe Him and receive the help He gives by His Holy Spirit. Change is possible (see 2 Cor 5:17), but we need God to change!