Whether you realize it or not, your life is your testimony to the world. The way you live as a Christian influences how the world views Christ. Being positive is important because it shows the world that Christians have something to be positive about.
We have hope. We have grace. We have Jesus. What story are you telling with your life?
People are desperate for hope and unconditional love. Jesus is the only place they can find the fulfillment they crave. If people see that being a Christian makes you feel loved and accepted, then they will want to find out more about what makes you feel that way.
Positive Christians help the world to have positive view of Christ.
It is important to stay positive daily to be a good ambassador for Christ. And that means being positive in whatever place He has you right now, whether it’s at home, school, or at the office.
Here are 5 practical ways to stay positive daily:
1. Fix your eyes on Jesus
There is nothing more fulfilling than relationship with Jesus. The more time you spend with Him, the more you realize how much He actually loves you for who you really are. The more time you spend with Him the more you fall in love with Him.
Like any relationship, relationship with Jesus requires time investment. You cannot be in a relationship with Him if you never spend time with Him.
I wake up earlier to have my quiet time to ensure that I spend some time with Him on a daily basis. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit every single morning and see how your life changes for the better over time.
God did not promise us to have problem-free life, but having Him on the inside of you will definitely help you to be more Christlike. And this can help you to improve your relationships and your general life outlook.
The Holy Spirit does not change our circumstances, He changes our attitude towards them.
The Holy Spirit gives us the power to endure, He gives us hope in hopeless situation, He fills us with peace in the midst of storm, and He gives us joy in spite of the circumstances.
2. Fill your mind with the Truth
To be positive you need to think positive. One way of ensuring that you do not meditate on the negative is to monitor what you allow into your mind.
Be intentional about what pages you follow on social media. Only follow the ones that point you closer to Christ and not away from Him. Watch movies or videos that fill your mind with the Truth and not with worldliness.
I like to listen to worship music and sermons while I am getting ready for my university in the morning. I also listen to sermons while eating or taking a study break. Think when you could be listening to a video or a podcast? Maybe while doing the dishes or while walking your dog?
Filling your mind with positive things makes you more positive. You are in total control over how positive you are. Just decide to cut off all the negative channels of information and replace them with the Truth.
3. Refuse to think lies
What you think is what you are. Here is an example of what not to think and the Truth to replace it with:
What NOT to think:
“I am a failure. I will never be able to overcome this habitual sin. It’s stronger than me. I cannot control it. There is no point in trying to stay away from it. I will only get disappointed at the end. It’s better to just give up on trying at all.”
What to think:
“God loves me unconditionally. Yes, I failed one more time. But God has forgiven me. And He is giving me all the power I need to overcome this sin. I have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of me. Now I am not slave to sin anymore. I do not have to continue living in sin. I am free now. I am a new creature.”
The key is to take your thoughts captive and to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. There are times when Satan would put a negative thought in my mind that would somehow make me feel bad about myself. But I immediately counter it with the Truth Jesus says about me.
Preach the truth to yourself. Remind yourself that you are unconditionally loved, completely accepted, set free, called to serve God, and that you are a chosen child of God.
4. Focus on the good
Thank God for the good you have right now in your life. Sure, life is not perfect. But even if everything seems to fall apart, you can still find some things you can be thankful for.
Thank God for saving you. Thank Him for loving you unconditionally. Thank Him for being with you always. Thank Him for desiring to have a relationship with you. Thank Him for being there for you every single day to listen to you prayers. Thank Him for being patient with you. Thank Him for not giving up on you.
Make it your habit to thank God every single day. List all of the things you are grateful for. Doing that will help you not to take your life for granted and really realize how blessed you are.
5. Choose your friends wisely
Don’t surround yourself with people who complain all the time about how bad everything is. It discourages.
Sure, there are times when it’s okay to feel down. We all go through hard seasons. And our friends sometimes need us to just be there for them.
But if your loved one has a habit of always focusing on the negative side, point him or her to the Truth. Help them to think positive. Show them all the positive things in their life. Teach them to give thanks for the things that are good even if there are plenty of bad things happening at the moment.
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