Positive vs Negative
Good vs Evil
Love vs Hate
Life vs Death
Q. What do negativity, evil, hate and death all have in common?
A. They only exist when their counterpart is absent.
Think about it: death cannot occur if there wasn’t first a life; hate is only present when love is not; evil can only exist when goodness is absent; and negativity only prevails when positivity is lacking or empty.
So, if these things only exist IF their counterparts are missing, would you agree that when each of us choose love over hate, goodness over evil and life over death, we find our own lives more fulfilling? The question becomes, how do we choose love when we “feel” hate or are treated with hatred? How do we choose to be positive when it “feels” like everything is working against us?
It is important to understand the sources of these counterparts.
* The source of Love is God. God IS Love. The source of hate is the absence of God, which allows Satan to be present. We might not be able to avoid being treated with hatred, but we can learn to meet it with love with God’s grace and strength.
* The source of Goodness is also God. God IS Good. When God is removed from a situation, it again allows Satan to be present, and Satan is evil. We may not be able to avoid all evil in the world, but we can limit its affect in our individual worlds by clinging to God’s goodness via healthy relationships including a deep and personal one with God and asking for His anointing and protection.
* Life is sourced directly from God. What we choose to do with and in our lives determines what part of our life grows or dies. What we “feed,” grows. Are we feeding love in our hearts or are we feeding hatred? Are we feeding on goodness in the world, or are we feeding on evil in the world?
* Last, but certainly not least, negativity can only exist when positivity is lacking or non-existent. And the sources, ultimately, are the same as the others: God and Satan. God delights in us when we begin with and maintain everything with a positive mind and a positive attitude. He blesses us when we are grateful and loving. Satan is smitten when we focus on the negative, and he will do everything he can to keep us in that dark mindset so that things like love and goodness are harder to be seen in the world. But there is one very significant difference about these two counterparts, and that difference is our ability to limit and overcome negativity with our own strength of mindset. All of the others require the strength of God in our hearts.
Positivity and negativity begin with our thoughts. So the true power we have within lies in how we think. What we think causes us to feel a certain way. How we feel causes us to act a certain way. And how we act determines our outcome. When you are faced with a particular situation in life that is causing some strife, ask yourself what you think about it and what is causing you to think that way. Find three things about the situation that are positive and focus on them (silver linings, if you will). If three things is hard to do, then just find one and focus everything you have on that one good thing in the situation. Decide what you can do to capitalize on the positive to influence your mindset and attitude. Shift your actions accordingly.
It is not easy to do this, at least in the beginning. It requires us to exercise a new habit where we have to retrain our minds to think differently. The mind is a part of the soul; it is of this world. The Spirit within us is of God; it is a piece of the Holy Spirit. These two things are always in direct conflict with each other. The stronger the Spirit is within us, the more powerful we are in overcoming negativity, hatred and evil. The weaker the Spirit is within us, the more powerless we are and the human soul suffers greatly.
Begin everyday with a positive mindset, a close relationship with God and the prayers for love and goodness to flow from Him, through you and out to the world.