My car stinks. The outside of it, I mean. While driving home last night, I got a strong whiff of a skunk. When I pulled into the garage, I smelled skunk. I even walked into the house and asked my husband, "Do you smell a skunk?" Granted, my nose is as sensitive as a bloodhound right now due to the pregnancy. Turns out, I accidentally drove over something that was already dead in the road last night but didn't know what it was. Now I do. And now I can't get that smell out of my nose.
Ever been around people who have an attitude that stinks? Seems every time you get around them, they have something negative to say and I seem to leave the conversation thinking, "Why are they always so sour?" Others you can visit with for just a few minutes and walk away thinking, "I love being around her/him! They are always so uplifting."
Having a good attitude is a large part of being a Christian. Philippians 2:5 says, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." What does this mean? Having an attitude like Jesus means loving and accepting one another, even when we're different. God delights in our diversity as He made us all unique. But Christ sets a pattern and the Bible furnishes a standard, for what brings honor to God and promotes love among God's people. We should all be "like-minded" in our obedience to Christ and in our care for others.
Sometimes when it stinks every where you go, you are likely the one stinking! Trying to have an attitude like Christ is a big challenge, but at least we won't stink to others.