Last week in this column we talked about the power of gratitude in breaking negativity off our lives. I think we all know intuitively that when we are negative it’s toxic for ourselves and those around us. Despite this we still often struggle to focus on what is right with the world and instead concentrate on what is wrong. A negative mindset is one that is focused on the problem and a positive one is focused on the solution. It doesn’t take a genius to recognise when something is wrong! The useful person is the one committed to making something right. Some of us do seem more predisposed to the negative thought pathway but I don’t think that is God’s will for any of us.
In his letter to the Hebrews in chapter 10 Paul makes a very provocative statement. He says that Jesus sacrifice has perfected forever those being sanctified. Sanctification is the process of us becoming more like Christ as we journey with Him. What this means is that my perfection has already been achieved and it is then up to me to continually walk in it. In the light of this scripture I cannot claim that I have a negative nature and therefore should continue to poison myself and those around me with the toxic fumes of negativity. To do so negates the work of Jesus sacrifice on the cross. It also infers that Jesus work wasn’t complete. Jesus came to loose all the bonds that enslave and negativity is no exception. If you know you have been in a spiral of negative thinking it is time to renew the mind. As you make the daily choice to replace negative thoughts with positive, entitlement with gratitude and what’s wrong with what’s right you will notice a significant change in your world; a marked increase in your joy and happiness. When that occurs you know you have already begun to walk in it.