How Christians Can Overcome Negativity
We live in an increasingly negative world where lots of depressing things are going on — increased violence in our nation, higher prices of commodities, huge amount of tax liabilities, high percentage of unemployment, family issues (divorce and abortion) and so forth. We are inundated with so much negativity, thus it isn’t easy to keep a positive attitude. How can we triumph over this negativity?
Here are ways Christians can overcome the thoughts and feelings of negativity.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
1. Prayer with thanksgiving
Prayer and praise are essential elements of overcoming negativity. As we pray, we entrust our burdens and cares to God, and as we give HIM thanks, we focus on the blessings, and leave no space for negativity.
“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:6-8)
2. Meditation on God’s Word
One of the best tools to meditate and reflect on the Word of God, where faith and art are mixed together is Bible journaling. There’s no specific rule in bible journaling, the entire approach is up to you, but ask God’s guidance before you begin. Allow God to have full access to your heart and let His Words and Promises ease your weary mind.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
3. Keeping a Gratitude Journal
By taking time each day to list down God’s blessings (big and small) in a gratitude journal will allow you to see His mighty hand in everything. Reflecting on each page of your gratitude journal over and over again allows you to reflect on God’s faithfulness and thus brings you joy and peace even in the times of trouble and difficulty.
We can replace negative thoughts with positive ones by prayers and praises, meditation and reflection on God’s Word and keeping a Gratitude Journal.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).