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Do you find your conversation often straying toward negativity?
This happens so easily. There is a lot of negativity in the world; from politics to violence and drugs; financial reversals, difficulty with our kids, and frustration with our coworkers.
I actually find that there is no end the negative things I can talk about.
That is why God has given us verses in the Bible to battle negativity – because He knew this would be struggle for us.
Yesterday morning I woke up with the same heavy heart I went to bed with.
I put the kids to bed, kissed their little heads, and whispered the same thing I whisper in their ear every night, “I love you, but Jesus loves you more.”
And suddenly it slammed in my heart:
“Rosilind, the negativity that is spewing from your mouth lately isn’t pleasing to me.” My heart sank at the words because I knew they were true.
The negativity that filled my heart flowed out of my mouth in every conversation…to anyone who would listen.
My word for 2020 is rest, but 5 days into the New Year and my heart was getting no rest from the constant beating of negativity and pessimism that I was feeding it.
And I did what I usually do when I realize that I’ve begun to slip into old habits:
I grabbed my Bible and began looking up Bible verses to battle negativity – my weapons that are powerful and mighty at destroying the plans of the enemy.
10 Bible Verses to Battle Negativity
These are familiar passages to me, but as I meditate on them I find new depth of meaning…and they become dearer to my heart as they cleanse my heart and protect my mind.
1. Romans 12:2
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
2. 2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
3. Ephesians 5:20
Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
4. 1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
5. Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
6. Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
7. Galatians 5:25
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
8. Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
9. Proverbs 25:28
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.
10. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
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