“Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS; and again I say REJOICE!” -PHILIPPIANS 4:4.
Does your life have a positive or negative effect.?
There are definitely people in the world who are 'Positives' and others who are 'Negatives.' It is close to impossible to live a life that is unaffected by other people. The attitudes and opinions, like pollen, blow into our lives, shaping our perspective and influencing our thoughts and decisions.
Who's influencing you.?
Have you ever heard the saying, “People are like elevators some will take you up and some will take you down.” It’s important to be careful of who you are allowing to influence your life and not only that but to be mindful of the way you live because ultimately you are influencing others.
Are you being a positive or negative influence.?
We can’t sharpen each other by being negative all the time or living a negative life. When one godly person’s life sharpens another person's, it’s a good thing! It yields a harvest of mature fruit over time. I can think of at least several instances in my life when I allowed the negative influence of others to sway my better judgment. We live in a terribly negative world. But we can’t blame everything on the world we live in, we have to be mindful of our own temperament. Being positive trying to find the best in the worst is a good choice. God is well on the side of positivism. Having a negative, fault-finding, bitter attitude is a sin. -Numbers 11:1 Choose to Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS; and again I say REJOICE! PHILIPPIANS 4:4. If you're rejoicing, ALWAYS, then I can't really see any room for negativism, can you? God says Do not fret or have any anxiety about ANYTHING - which seems pretty straight forward to me. Being negative corrupts good character. Seek out the protective, positive resources God has graciously given you and move forward living a life that has a positive effect.
God’s word says: Whatever is true; and honourable and good; and just; and pure; and lovely; and kind and gracious - think on these things (fix your minds on them!)- PHILIPPIANS 4:8.
Grow in exercising the kind of Christlike influence He wants you to embody in your life and in your relationships. You may not always be a joyful person but choose to live a positive life. Help to move people closer to the cross instead of further away.