Proof Negativity Hurts You


Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. -Ephesians 4:29 MSG


Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. -Ephesians 4:29 MSG

What’s a little jab among friends? Is your child really damaged if, out of anger, you call them annoying or some other seemingly harmless name?

Science agrees with the Bible on this issue. Mean, hurtful, or negative words hurt people. According to research, children who experience mean or hateful words experience a decrease in brain development.

But you don’t need research to tell you what you already know. When you’re around negativity, it’s a tough way to live.

Words have more power than you realize. Even an inappropriate joke or words viewed as vulgar have the power to hurt your Christian testimony or cause other Christians to struggle in areas where they’re vulnerable.

Challenge yourself to fast negativity. For one day, speak only in positives. Don’t be the naysayer, the gossip, or the complainer. Find ways to say yes rather than no. Tell somebody that you appreciate them or bring a friend coffee.

Commit to this for an extended period and you will notice something profound. You begin to think differently, life doesn’t seem so hard, and people begin to see you as a source of encouragement. The principal of life giving becomes real in your life and you become more of a picture of Christ.

Nobody is perfectly positive all of the time but when you become more positive than negative, the effects are striking. Let your love of God shine through for others to see. That’s when true ministry plays out.

Prayer Focus

  • Ask God to identify areas where you’re negative
  • Pray that He helps you to be more positive in thinking, words, and actions.

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