Positive Christians

“Positive Christians”

We are all familiar with the Christmas story, “Scrooge”. Ebenezer Scrooge was a pessimistic man who had only negative things to say about people. All he ever cared about was himself and his money. Kindness, compassion and joy were foreign to him. His only friends were greed, misery and loneliness. One evening, the ghost of an old business partner appeared to him, warning him of his pending danger of eternal punishment. And after being visited by three spirits, Ebenezar Scrooge had been transformed from an old, stingy grump to a loving, caring, generous and cheerful man, whose life brought hope and joy to where there was gloom and poverty!

This story sounds familiar, doesn’t it? You see, we, like Scrooge, were also miserable and in darkness, riding on a highway to hell. The bible says in Titus 3:3“…we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.” However, when we heard and accepted the Gospel, the good news of Jesus dying for our sins, which is, the kindness and love of God (Titus 3:4-5; 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 1 John 4:9-10), our lives were transformed! We went from condemnation to salvation! When we repented and were baptized, we passed from death to life! We were washed, at that very moment (Acts 22:16), by the precious blood of Jesus (Rev. 1:5-6) and received the forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and life everlasting (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Romans 6:3-7)! Isn’t that great news? For this reason, we ought to be the happiest people on the face of this planet! Our hearts must reflect the joy of our salvation in Jesus Christ–for we have been washed from our sins and have been rescued from spiritual destruction! Praise God! It is true when the Psalmist says, “blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven” (Psalm 32:1)!

Paul’s love for God was motivated by the fact that, although he was once a violent man, God showed him mercy by allowing him to hear the message of Jesus Christ. (1 Timothy 1:12-17; Acts 22:1-16)!

Let all men see the love and joy of God in you, for if Christ is within you, it will show by your life! For, “as water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man” (Proverbs 27:19)! Amen! J


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MONDAY: Read Proverbs 15:13. There are so many reasons to be extremely happy in Christ. People should be able to see it in our face, in our speech and in our attitude. Does your family and coworkers notice the joy of Christ in you? Are you known for being a positive person or are you known for always having a lot of problems and being pessimistic? Write down at least five reasons to be cheerful in Christ.

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TUESDAY: Read Philippians 4:4-7. Yesterday you wrote down some reasons to be cheerful and positive in Christ. When we are not joyful and positive, it’s because we are anxious and worried. It is easy to become a negative person when we allow the worries of this life to affect our attitude. What does God say we need to do when we become anxious? What will be the result? Read Matthew 6:25-34. Write down the things that worry you the most and are keeping you from being a positive Christian. Present them to God in prayer every day and the peace of God will be with you.

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WEDNESDAY: Read 1 Kings 8:66. Sometimes we are not joyful because we fail to count our blessings. In this passage, the people of Israel were glad and joyful in heart because of all the things the Lord had done for them. This doesn’t mean we will never go through suffering, but our gladness comes from recognizing how blessed we are. Take time to write down all the things that the Lord has done for you. (Write as many things as possible).

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THURSDAY: Read Philemon 6-7. What things make you feel joyful? Paul encouraged Philemon to share the gospel so that he could understand the good things he has in Christ. Something that can prevent us from having positive attitudes is not sharing the word of God with people. Write down the names of people whom you will tell this week the good things God has done for you.

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FRIDAY: Read Philippians 4:13. We constantly hear from inspirational speakers today that there is nothing you can’t accomplish if you have a positive attitude and relay on your own inner strength. The Bible says we can do everything through God. We have a positive mindset because the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). Write down all the things that you want to accomplish in your spiritual life through God’s strength. (Pray for them consistently.).

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

Read Luke 19:1-10. Discuss with your family Zacchaeus and who he was. (Explain what a tax collector is and how they were looked upon). Discuss his attitude towards Jesus and why he received Jesus with joy. Discuss how he expressed his joy.

 

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