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“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Jesus Christ had so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6 NIV).
When Jesus walked this earth He extended His love to all people. This was His passion; to save the world. John 3:17 says, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” He came into a hostile world. He felt the disapproval of His friends and even His earthly family. He was scorned because the world believed He was conceived out of wedlock.
Instead of hating those around Him, He loved them. He understood contempt and heartache. He felt all of it and endured it. He knew you would suffer some of the same kinds of abuse from the people around you, so He gave you endurance. Human beings are made for endurance.
Physical endurances, such as running a marathon or a triathlon, are trained for ― and planned events. Prisoners of war undergo months and years of physical demands and survive. Many times they survive by mental endurance. The mind and body work in tandem. Where the physical may weaken, the mental will increase, thereby re-energizing physical endurance. God gave us the ability to endure. He will renew your strength.
Encouragement has been placed all around us by God. Have you ever watched a sunrise or sunset that left you speechless? I just returned from Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia, Canada. Scenes there put me in awe of the God who created them. Pictures don’t do them justice and words could never describe that place.
I live in Colorado and the sunsets are often very beautiful. As I travel from place to place I see amazing sunsets almost everywhere I go. A tall mountain, an awesome tree, a petal on a flower and even a carefree sparrow; these are all encouragements that there is a God who cares about everything that surrounds us.
God shows us His presence in many different ways. This is His encouragement to a suffering world. Encouragement often is what we need to help us commit to running the race. How we run the race is what glorifies God.
And what is that attitude? Patience, kindness and an eagerness to serve others. God gave us endurance and encouragement not just so we can finish the day, but so that throughout the day we can have the attitude of patience, kindness and eagerness to serve others. God gave us Jesus to show us how to live. He wants us to interact with others so we can act with the same mind and voice — that same attitude Jesus had while here on earth. He extended patience, kindness, and an eagerness to serve those He encountered each day.

Lord, thank You for giving me endurance and encouragement when I feel discouraged. Help me have the same attitude toward others that Jesus had. A day I don’t glorify You is a wasted gift. Help me glorify You today. Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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