If you’re a prisoner of critical thinking when it comes to others know that you’re not alone. Sometimes the doom and gloom of this world can get us down. We watch all around us and see our world falling apart. We even see Christian brothers and sisters, who were once committed to Christ fall away. This tends to burden me and to be honest at times I find myself resenting the person for their choices that give Jesus and His followers a bad name. This stuff can at times haunt our thoughts and will most likely drive our attitudes. Instead of allowing these unhealthy thoughts to linger and steal our joy, let’s consider what we can do to make them more productive. Let’s seek to be more encouraging and loving, which ultimately will give us the sense of peace that we need to thrive in this world.
The first step to freedom is seeing the problem for real and admitting out loud that you want to change. I would even suggest writing it down as a goal and sticking it up somewhere that you can see it everyday. The second step is to ask God for is His amazing grace so you can think and speak the best of others. Ask God to change your heart because even with the all best intentions we can’t change ourselves. John 15:5 says apart from Christ we can do nothing. Also, catch yourself before you speak and remember it ALL begins in the heart. So that means you and I must refer to the Bible’s way of dealing with this issue.
The writer in Psalm 121 stated that his help came from the Lord who created the heavens and the earth. If we know Christ personally He can help us too if only we ask. As I said earlier It all starts in the heart. Sow God’s Word into your heart to strengthen yourself. Write down verses that speak to this area of struggle and post them up so you can meditate on HIS thoughts throughout your day. Search Gods Word for scripture on how to love people. The cost of not dealing with this can be fatal to the power of God working through us. Jesus told the Pharisees in Matthew 23:26 that was important to first wash the inside of a person so to be be clean both inside and out. In Luke 6:45 Jesus said, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (NIV).
Remember the book of Romans says says that non are without sin. So instead of judging our brothers and sisters in Christ who living are out of Gods will, let’s just simply pray for them. Something I’ve been asking God to do lately is to put a guard over my mouth. Remember, to gently correct a wandering brother or sister in Christ and Encourage them to do right when given the opportunity. Cover everything you say with love and prayer (1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 6). And sooner or later you will start to see that person the way Christ wants you to.