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Positive Christian Living

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (John 10:9-11)

When a person becomes a Christian he moves from a negative way of life to a positive way of life. Jesus made it very clear that He came so that we "might have life, and that [we] might have it more abundantly." This is not speculation but a divine promise. As a Child of a King, life now has meaning and purpose. From beginning to end, Christianity centers in a positive Savior, based on a positive hope, revealed in a positive message, and encourages people to have positive attitudes and positive actions.

While all these facts are true about the positive nature of Christianity, it doesn't automatically mean, however, that every Christian is living a dynamic, positive Christian life. This is evidenced by the tide of negativism in our midst. Have you noticed how quickly many Christians in our conversations get around to the negatives? To listen to some talk, you would think that God has commanded, "Thou shalt be pessimistic." When we look at the negative side of life, we tend to get depressed. Our eyes lose their sparkle, we get grumpy, we become lazy, and this is when bitterness and hatred spring up, we become bound by our fears. If it stopped with just one person it would not be quite as bad, but it spreads like a forest fire in the hot dry summer to other members. We suffer, the work of the Lord suffers, and we take a step backwards in our progress.

In introducing this lesson, I wanted to make sure that we understood that people do become negative, and that to get rid of the negative attitude before it hurts someone else, we must change our individual attitude.

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Kent Dickinson


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