When loving parents tell their children to do something, sometimes the children get an attitude. They either refuse to do what their parents have told them. Or they obey their parents – with an attitude. Instead of following their parents’ directions with love, thankfulness, joy, a positive attitude and a desire to please and honor their parents, they whine, complain, moan, feel sorry for themselves, have a sour look on their faces, put up a fight along the way, argue, question, and debate with their parents, and begrudgingly get done what their parents have told them to do. They may be taking the right actions, but they hurt, displease, and dishonor their parents because of their hearts, words, and attitudes.
Sometimes we think we are pleasing and honoring God because we are obeying what He tells us to do, but our hearts, words, and attitudes are all wrong. Obedience to the Lord is not merely about taking actions that please God. It is about taking actions with the right heart, words, and attitudes to go along with the actions.
If you have a bad attitude when you obey God, please get rid of it.
“Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.” Psalms 100:1-5 NKJV