1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I have to admit that sometimes it's a little too easy for me to look around and see the mistakes or shortcomings of others. I've been feeling kind of bad about my negative attitude concerning some issues and people. These verses have been on my mind a great deal today. In fact, I can't stop thinking about it. It's a sign that instead of pointing my finger at others, I need to point my finger at myself.
I need an attitude adjustment.
Here's my three-step program to adjust my attitude and apply 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
1. I should be joyful and celebrate all of the good things in my life instead of groaning and complaining about trivial things that don't really matter.
2. When I feel tempted to be negative and criticize others, I should pray. Pray for that person, pray for the situation and pray for my attitude and that my actions will be pleasing to God.
3. My life is full of blessings, which I should thank God for continually. If I am consistently being thankful for the good in my life then there's not going to be a lot of time to dwell on the negative.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is such a good reminder on how to change your attitude and perspective. Maybe the circumstances in which I'm involved won't change, but I know my point of view will if I apply these verses.