A spirit of negativity is rampant in America. Probably the world, but definitely the United States.
This past weekend I spoke to a small group of military women, and I heard comments, problems, and concerns much like those in every other military town I know. But whether the group of women I’m with is military or civilian, I hear a common problem among them: we speak with a lot of negative words and tones.
Don’t worry. I’m talking about myself here too.
What Does the Bible Say about Our Words?
This is bigger than positive thinking. Bigger than the annoying people who pop out of bed with a smile on their face. In fact, it goes deeper than most of us like to think about. In Ephesians 4:29, Paul tells us:
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Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
What should you do when it feels like life is falling apart? For those of you who just had some Christian answer cross your mind, how close does your behavior mirror it when a storm is raging around you?
Maybe you are in the midst of a storm right now that seems overwhelming. Giving up would be the easier path, but you really just want God to show up and tell you exactly what He wants you to do.
Wouldn’t that be nice? A billboard from God with step-by-step instructions?
And yet, He doesn’t do that, at least not in the way we want. Of course, we have lots of instructions in the Bible. And in the Gospels Jesus gave us several examples of what to do when life gets hard.… Want to read more?