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Positive thinkers talk about getting rid of negativity in their lives whether it be people they feel hold them back or just negative or pessimistic thoughts. But what could be more negative to a Christian than sin in their lives.
James point blank tells us that sin can grow in us and lead to destruction.
James 1:15 “Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death
Jesus tell us clearly that sin enslaves us.
John 8:34 “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.”
Something that enslaves us, holds us back.
We looked earlier in the series at the fruit of the spirit like joy and kindness, attributes we'd look for in a positive person. These are the traits that grow in Christians who have given their life to Christ and are moving away from sin.
If sin leads to destruction and a Christian cowboy or bull rider is pursuing a positive attitude, the single most important step toward developing that is working on eliminating the negativity that sin brings to our lives.
Not every sin seems negative but we have to look back at something we've already learned about being a Christian. A Christian pursues God's plan for his life instead of his own desires. While that can include competing in rodeo or bull riding and a desire to win, whatever God puts in our lives for us to do is going to bring Him glory and work to His purpose. When we pursue our own goals without first seeing if they are following God's direction, we're just following our own selfish desires. The same applies to sin. Not every sin seems 'negative' but the 'fun' sins, like getting drunk and high are about pleasuring ourselves—putting ourselves first. We wouldn't argue that selfishness is negative and we need to let that negativity go with the rest our sins.
It's a struggle. In Christian terms, sanctification is the process of becoming more like Christ. It recognizes that even as saved, born again believers, we're still going to face sin in our lives so it's also important to remember that, through Christ, we're forgiven and we can't beat ourselves up when we make a mistake. Just like letting go of the negativity of sin, we have to let go of those times when we feel like we're failures because of our sin. God doesn't see us that way, we certainly shouldn't see ourselves that way either.
The most positive thing to remember is that God gave us a way to be redeemed for our sin and no matter what sins we struggle with, there's forgiveness and restoration found in faith in Jesus Christ.
Through Him, there's no reason to feel held back by our sins or to ever feel like we're not good enough. Through Christ, God sees us without our sin. It doesn't get more positive than that.
2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Nothing could be more negative in our lives than sin. We’ve got to work on letting it
What you might feel negative about:
There’s this feeling that we can’t live up to the Bible’s expectations. It’s hard to remember that once we’re saved, God forgives all the mistakes we make
The new ‘positives’ to take away:
Letting go of sin increases the positivity in our lives as we become more like Christ.