How often during our day do we find ourselves angry or bitter? As often as we find ourselves happy or thankful?
If we kept track of every time we had a negative thought, then recorded how long we allowed ourselves to dwell on that thought, what would we discover about ourselves? What if we did the same thing with our positive thoughts? Would our log reveal that we give more time to depressing thoughts or cheerful ones?
So then … what kind of mood have you been in today? This week? Is this week reflective of the emotional climate of most of your weeks?
I hate being angry and bitter. It sours my day and my relationships, not to mention my witness. I find that I often become angry whenever I feel cheated. The longer I allow anger and bitterness to eat at me, the more depressed I become.
If we find ourselves having more negative than positive days, what would it take for us to feel better … about life?
I believe the answer to this question is faith – especially the kind of faith Paul commended the Colossians for in Colossians 1:4 (AMPC):
For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [the leaning of your entire human personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness].
I read that scripture, and my entire being yearns to comply. Think how it would change our thought life if we were to lean our entire personality on God – everything that makes us us: the way we think, the way we set goals, everything.
Imagine how it would change our mood if we were to trust completely in His power (knowing He’s capable of handling anything we throw at Him); have total confidence in His wisdom (knowing He knows what to do and when to do it); and have absolute assurance in His goodness (knowing He’s for us – not against us). Wouldn’t this kind of faith transform our lives?
So then . . . how often will we allow ourselves to be angry or bitter for the rest of the day? What kind of mood do we want to be in for this next hour?
Let’s make this day – this hour – better than the previous one by boldly trusting in God’s power, wisdom and goodness.
What about you?
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- Will you consider meditating on Colossians 1:4, especially in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition for the next seven days?
- If so, how do you think it will change the way you look at life? The way you experience life?
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