New thoughts new attitude
'Put off your old self...be made new in the attitude of your minds.' Ephesians 4:22-23 NIV
Would the people around us describe us as a positive or negative person? Do they feel better, or worse, after spending time with us? If we're not sure we'd like the answers to these questions, it's time to do something.
Paul says, 'Put off your old self...be made new in the attitude of your minds' (Ephesians 4:22-23 NIV). The Bible tells us to 'be transformed by the renewing of your mind' (Romans 12:2 NIV). This can seem impossible when we've thought the same way for a long time. But the Bible suggests we 'take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ' (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV) - determine whether it's a good thought or not (see Philippians 4:8). If a thought is neither uplifting nor helpful to us, we need to change it. That's where we need our Bibles - to find verses that show us the truth. If we're feeling insecure, we can speak out verses about our identity in Christ. If we're feeling down, we can speak out verses about God's love and his plans for us.
The more connected we are to God, and his Word, the more healthy our attitude will become. We'll still have bad days - we're human after all. But overall we'll be more positive and able to spread encouragement and positivity to those around us.
So what now? Next time you have a negative thought, write it down. Then identify the underlying problem (insecurity, jealousy, despondency, etc.). Finally, find a Bible verse to counteract that thought.
Soulfood: Jer 7-9, Luke 3:11-20, Ps 64, Pro 14:25-28