Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. ~ Ephesians 4:31-32
Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. ~ 1 Peter 3:9
Read Philippians 1:18-26
Lately, I’ve realized just how easy it is to get down or to be negative. On the other side of things, it can be extremely hard to be positive all the time especially when you are struggling with something.
If someone wrongs you, getting back at the person is often one of the first thoughts that can cross our minds. We feel the need to even up the score. We feel that they won and we lost. Having felt like the loser of the situation, we want to redeem ourselves in order to feel better about ourselves and our situation. But what do we accomplish if we “fight fire with fire” as they say? Generally, we get nowhere or maybe we have the success of hurting the other person. But is that how we should define success?
I think one of the hardest parts of it all is letting go. It’s easier said then done. Maybe we hold on to the hurt and it just keeps building up. It becomes something big. It changes our hearts, making as angry, leading us to seek revenge. We can ask God all we want to take the pain, the anger and the burden from us. But we aren’t going to feel any different unless we are actually willing to let go of the anger and pain we are holding on to.
Recently, God has been showing me so many things. It took going through the hard times for me to fully grasp what God was telling me. Healing happened to be one of these things. I asked God for the healing of my heart. But only when I was truly willing to let go of everything I was keeping inside, did I feel God’s peace cover me. God doesn’t want us to hold on the pain, anger, etc. He wants us to be free. He wants us to grow, to learn, to be joyful and positive.
Further, I think it is so easy to let the embarrassments, little strokes of bad luck, the rude comments, or whatever bring us down. But as Joel Osteen says, we can’t let anyone take away our joy. God is a God of love and mercy. He’s watching over us and knows exactly what we need and what we are going through. We can’t let the views of a few people interfere with what God has in store for us. We can’t let these things steer us away from the truest words: God loves you. He made you. He cares for you no matter what. He is the One we are living for. No one else. Thus, we need to focus on what God feels about us and what He has in store for us.
Finally, do you know someone who always seems happy no matter what? I happen to know someone like that. In fact, I’ve never seen a time where this person has been down. This person is so thrilled and joyful to serve such an amazing God. His faith is strong. He praises God even when a storm is brewing. This characteristic of being positive is such an admirable quality. It takes a whole lot of effort to be positive but I think it’s a quality worth striving towards. We can’t go through life holding grudges and having a heart full of anger. We don’t get anywhere that way; at least any place good. We just push people away from us and we might even eventually pull away from God.
So, be joyful for God is good! Feel His presence around you. Seek the changes He is making in your life. Open your eyes to what He is showing you. Be positive for while there is pain in the night, joy comes in the morning!