One of the strongest indicators of a person’s success or happiness in life is his or her attitude. Charles R. Swindoll, a popular Christian author and theologian, agrees. In a famous quote, Swindoll declares: “Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home.”
The importance of attitude is of course nothing new. People struggled with attitude issues thousands of years ago when the Bible was written just as they do today. That is why the Bible has some great wisdom to help any of us improve our attitude. Here are six Bible verses to help with our attitude.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties.” -Psalm 139:23
When it comes to experiencing joy and peace of mind, nothing is more crucial than prayer. And not just prayer, but focused, intentional prayer that welcomes God into every corner of our heart and mind. Such fervent, exhaustive praying leaves us totally exposed, completely vulnerable, and ready for purification and healing. This kind of praying rejects compartmentalization and casualness in favor of intimacy and authenticity. It’s the kind of praying that transforms not just our attitudes, but our very lives.
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” -Proverbs 10:19
The words that come out of our mouths don’t just reflect our hearts; they can also affect our hearts. When we get in the habit of talking negatively, we become negative. If you want to improve your attitude, one of the best ways is to guard what comes out of your mouth.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” -Philippians 4:8
It is a truism in the field of personal development that “we become what we think about.” If we focus our attention on things that trigger anger, depression, anxiety, or worry, those emotions will dominate in our minds. If you want to have a more positive outlook in life, take control of your thoughts.
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” -Psalm 20:7
Often, we become anxious and discouraged because circumstances don’t cooperate with our desire for happiness or with the goals we’ve set in our lives. The problem is that there are so many things in life beyond our control. Don’t rely on your job, your bank account, your status, your health, or even your goals per se to determine your happiness or peace of mind. While we can certainly influence these things, they are ultimately not in our control. If we base our happiness on things beyond our control, then we’ve relinquished control of our happiness.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men…” –Colossians 3:23
What is your purpose for doing the things that you do? If you base your sense of identity on yourself and your own desires, then your happiness will be dependent on the ups and downs that you experience in life. But if you’re serving someone else, then your focus won’t be on the results so much as on your motives and giving it your very best.
“[I]n everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” -I Thessalonians 5:18
Gratitude is foundational to a positive attitude. And there are always things for which we can be grateful, even when life isn’t fully cooperating with us. Look for the good in all people and circumstances.
Applying the principles of these Bible verses will help anyone change a negative attitude for the better and place them on a path to peace and happiness.