Defeat Negativity with Positive Scripture

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The Bible is, among other things, a manual for hope and a guide for embracing the power of love, which begets positive thinking with an attitude of joyfully accepting and loving your neighbors while serving others.

The harm of negative thinking

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;”

–Luke 6:37

Some people may not realize it, but thoughts are far from harmless. Not only do thoughts drive attitudes, but they drive actions. Even in ways we may not be aware of. Thoughts have a way of circulating in our subconscious, giving form and shape to the behaviors that manifest from our conscious mind.

In the above verse citing the words of Jesus, the Bible warns us that the negative thoughts and words we judge others by, will be used by God to judge us. It’s really meant to make us think before we speak. How would we feel if someone said or had these same thoughts about us that we are projecting on others?

So what’s the remedy to this?

Quality in, quality out

Before you can have positivity in your life, you must have positivity in your mind. One way for doing that is to focus on positive things. Don’t allow yourself to harbor negative thoughts. The minute they come into your head, disregard such thoughts and replace them with something positive.

Scripture says:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

–Philippians 4:8-9

Where to find positive verses in the Bible

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

–Romans 15:5-6

The Bible is filled with uplifting verses that provide words of love, hope, strength, comfort and encouragement.

Start with Psalms, Proverbs, or Ecclesiastes, especially chapter 3. Also uplifting is Jesus Christ’s sermon on the Mount, where he offers the so-called “beatitudes” in Matthew chapter 5.

Have an attitude of gratitude

“Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”

–Ephesians 5:20

Another method for getting out of a down mood or emptying negative thoughts from your head is to immediately start thinking about things you are grateful for. It’s not always easy, especially if you’re going through a hard time. One way to make the switch is to think about others who have far less than you or may be suffering far greater than you.

For example, when dealing with pains, aches, ailments, or even a debilitating disease of some kind, it’s not hard to picture others who may be suffering far worse. Just think about soldiers who were sent to protect the country in foreign wars and had their arm(s) or leg(s) blown off. It’s a horrible thought, yet a sobering one. They made a huge sacrifice for all of us. Such imaginings quickly put things in perspective and lead to feelings of humility and gratitude.

Life and suffering have purpose

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,”

–1 Peter 3:18

Our lives have meaning. We were put here for reason and purpose.

The Bible reminds us that life has its difficulties and challenges. But ultimately, all of our suffering, like that of Christ, will lead to everlasting life and one filled with joy, peace and comfort for those who strive to avoid sin and serve others.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

– Romans 8:28