If you’ve ever heard me talk about my past, then you know that my life hasn’t been all ‘silver spoons and roses’. There was molestation, rape, physical and emotional abuse by my ex-husband and a divorce.
So, I get it. I understand how past thoughts can come up and try to plant hatefulness in our hearts and turn us into bitter people.
But, the Bible warns us not to allow a root of bitterness to grow; because, if we start with a bitter root we’ll just grow a bitter tree. God didn’t call us to be bitter…He calls us to be better!
How do we get better? We stop thinking about hateful things.
But sometimes, anxious thoughts just roll right through our minds like, “I don’t think I can make it!” That’s actually hatefulness! That’s hate against our self and against our future.
Anxiety is just hate focused on us and our ability to perform.
It’s fear that we won’t be enough. (Let me take the pressure off you, right now.) We are never going to be enough, on our own. But,we can do all things with Christ who strengthens us!
Recognize that we can’t be hateful and grateful at the same time.
We have to replace our negativity with grateful thoughts. Let’s not use our prayer time as a gripe session. God operates by our faith! So, just airing all our complaints doesn’t give Him much to work with.
Let’s, purposely, find something to be thankful for and say it out loud, or write it down.
• God, thank you, for my spouse and help me to be a better partner.
• Thank you, for my kids and that You’ve entrusted me to be their parent.
• Thank you, for this job that provides for my family and will prepare me for my next promotion.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)
Where the mind goes…the man follows. Faith and fear are exactly the same, only they’ll lead us in completely opposite directions.
Let’s get out of fear, get back into faith and make a pledge. “I will not be hateful any more, not to anyone…especially to me!”