“Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, ‘Why are you thinking these things?'"- Mark 2:8
Not only can positive thinking affect your heart, but it can also change you physically and emotionally. Being habitually negative can cause you to feel saddened by everything around you. How we think can also affect how we react to certain situations, whether they are bad or good. Only by practice can we create healthy positive thinking; it does not come automatically.
Reading God's Word can reassure our spirits and help us focus on positive outcomes. We need to speak in life-giving ways not only to ourselves but also to others because God teaches us to love one another. Ultimately, as believers, we know that this world will fade away and we will overcome through Christ. This knowledge should empower us to have a positive mindset every day.
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” – Proverbs 16:24
We need to ask ourselves whether the way we are speaking is nurturing life or tearing us down. The more we surround ourselves with positivity, the more positively we will think, act and respond to situations. The more we speak truth to ourselves, the more we believe it to be true. God teaches us to speak encouraging words to others and ourselves because it helps reassure us that our place in the world matters.
Being at war with our thoughts can cause our mood to tend constantly toward negativity. Speaking positivity can bring life to ourselves and others. By doing this we can recognize God’s truth and abide in Him, which brings our faith to life.
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