GERALD COWAN’S PERSONAL PERIODICALS
Number 598 • December 31, 2020
BE-ATTITUDE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR
1. All the beatitudes in the Bible can be called Be-Attitudes. This list emphasizes the Be part. 2. These are appropriate for all time, not only New Year’s resolutions, 3. We will list them in five groups. Some fit in several of the groups.
4. Your resolutions fail if there is no personal power and motivation in them. You must keep and do them. They don’t do themselves.
5. If your resolution is centered in God’s will and purpose He will help you fulfill it (Phil. 4:13). Otherwise He will not help.
BE-ATTITUDES FOR STYLE AND PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE.
A. Be Christian. Luke 9:23, Acts 11:26, 1 Peter 4:14-16 (NASB)
B. Be Holy. 1 Peter 1:15-16. Be completely and only what you should be; be true to God’s definition and design, to His purpose and calling. C. Be Godly. Titus 2:12, 2 Peter 1:6-7, 3:11. Godly means God-like.
D. Be Good. Gal. 5:22, 1 Peter 3:11-13. , James 4:17. Goodness is next to Godliness. E. Be Faithful. Eph. 1:1, Rev. 2:10. Always being right, good, godly.
BE-ATTITUDES FOR WORSHIP.
A. Be Spiritual. Rom. 12:1-2 (NASB) … spiritual service of worship.
B. Be Present. Heb. 10:25. 1 Cor. 11:20 When you come together in the assembly/church (as a congregation). C. Be Involved. Participate actively. Col. 3:16-17
D. Be Attentive. Acts 16:14 Lydia, whose heart the Lord opened to attend to the things being taught by Paul.
E. Be Reverent. Psalm 89:7 God is to be held in reverence by all in the assembly. Heb. 12:28 Serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. Heb. 12:28
BE-ATTITUDES FOR CHURCH WORK AND SERVICE.
A. Be Fervent, Active. Rom. 12:11 Fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
B. Be Diligent. 2 Peter 3:14 Be diligent to be found of Him in peace. Heb. 11:6 Those who diligently seek Him.
C. Be Cooperative. Acts 2:44 Were together and had all things in common. Phil. 1:27 Stand fast in one spirit, striving together for the faith of the Lord. D. Be Supportive. Phil. 4:15-16, 1 Thess. 5:14 support the weak.
E. Be Available. 2 Tim. 3:17 Furnished… Titus 2:14 ready unto every good work.
F. Be Abounding. 1 Cor. 15:58. Abundant means all that is needed or can be desired.
G. Be Evangelistic. 1 Peter 3:15, 4:11; 2 Tim. 2:25. Evangelism is tell others the good news.
BE-ATTITUDES FOR SERVICE TO OTHERS.
A. Be Aware. See, recognize, and acknowledge the needs. 1 John 3:17
B. Be Concerned. 1 Cor. 12:25 Members should have the same care one for another. Phil. 2:20 and 4:10. “Your care for me has flourished again.”
C. Be Thankful, Appreciative. Col. 3:15 Let peace rule in your heart and be thankful.
D. Be Helpful. 3 John 8 Fellow helpers to the truth, to the cause of Christ above all.
E. Be Practical. James 2:16. Give what is needed; don’t just pray and ask God to do it for you. F. Be Prudent – wise, making proper use of knowledge. Prov.16:21, Eph. 1:8 G. Be Secretive. Mt. 6:1-4 Boasting of good works is out of place.
H. Be Unselfish. Phil. 2:1-4. Don’t just gratify yourself. Satisfy the needs of others.
I. Be Patient. 2 Tim. 2:24. With God and with others, and sometimes with yourself.
BE-ATTITUDES FOR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS.
A. Be Righteous. 1 Tim. 6:11 Follow after righteousness. Titus 2:12 Instructing us that…we should live soberly righteously and godly in the present world.
B. Be Honest. Rom. 12:17. Not only truthful when asked, but in everything with everyone.
C. Be Loving. 1 Peter 1:22. AGAPE love – what is good and in others’ best interest. D. Be Kind, tender-hearted. Eph. 4:32. Part of AGAPE, part of any proper love.
E. Be Considerate. Heb. 10:24 Consider one another, how to provoke to love and good works.
F. Be Courteous. 1 Peter 3:8. Good manners are always appropriate, always necessary. G. Be Corrective. Gal. 6:1, James 5:19-20. Restore sinners. Convert sinners.
H. Be Merciful. Luke 6:36, James 2:13. Your attitude toward others affects theirs toward you.
I. Be Compassionate, pitiful (full of pity; practical application of pity and mercy). 1 Peter 3:8 Have compassion one for another. Compare “the good Samaritan,” in Luke 10:33-34
J. Be Forgiving. Mark 11:25-26 and Mt. 6:14-16; Eph. 4:32. Willingness to forgive when appropriate. There should be no inappropriate forgiveness – some things cannot be forgiven.
1. None of these BE-Attitudes will count with God unless you begin with the very first one – unless you become and remain a faithful Christian.
2. We can add one thought to that last point: It will not continue to count with God unless you continue to be faithful to Him as a Christian.
LET GOD AND CHRIST BE SEEN IN US
No perfect mirror now exists
To show the Savior’s mind and heart
Or picture perfectly the God
Who, in him, from the very start
Showed us Himself in word and deed.
Then, by the Holy Spirit’s art
A sacrifice was offered that
Grace and salvation did impart.
In Jesus Christ we can see God;
In him we see our Father’s face.
In him we see the God of love,
Of mercy, joy, and peace and grace
Who knows and meets our ev’ry need.
Our ev’ry loss He will replace.
In him we see what we should be;
Our human lot he did embrace.
There is no doubt, no doubt at all
That God our Father wants to see
His Christ in us, His Son our Lord.
Redeemed and sanctified and free,
With all entanglements of sin
Removed from us. Secure to be,
And anchored by a perfect hope
That stretches to eternity.
There also is no doubt that those
Who know from Christ we take our name
Should never see or hear in us
What may bring Him reproach or shame.
Do not misrepresent the Lord,
Lest for our sins He get the blame.
Instead make sure all see in us
The good that will enhance His fame.
– Gerald Cowan