2 Corinthians 1:19
“For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.”
When my daughter was young, she had several stuffed animals that when you pressed their belly they would talk. One of them always seemed to be negative. I remember the first time I heard it that I thought the batteries were going dead. I told my wife that we need to get some batteries the next time we went to the store because the animal sounded like it was dying when it talked. When she saw which stuffed animal I was talking about, she told me that it was supposed to sound like that because it was Eeyore.
Sadly, many believers seem to talk more like Eeyore than like a believer whose eternity is settled in Heaven. Paul said that his preaching about Christ was not “yea and nay, but in him was yea.” He was saying that his preaching about Christ was positive and not negative. He was teaching the church the importance of how the believer’s word and outlook on life should be because they have Christ as their Saviour. He was teaching them that they should be positive instead of negative in their lives.
A negative person always drags the energy down. It is hard enough to get people to believe that God can do something in their lives or in their church, but to have to overcome a negative person makes that work so much more difficult. You must work extra hard at being positive if you want to make a good impact on what you are doing for Christ. Let me share with you several areas that you must be careful about being positive with others.
First, be positive with what you say. Don’t be a negative talker. Be careful that what you say doesn’t come across in a negative tone. People will follow a person who is more positive in what they say than they will with a person who is always negative. Certainly, a negative person can get people’s attention, but eventually people get tired of the negativity and will begin to fall away from them. Learn to listen to what you say and be sure that you come across in a positive and encouraging manner when you speak to others.
Second, be a cheerleader for others. Be positive in your outlook on others. Many people just need someone to believe in them. Believing in someone could be the very catalyst that propels them to start serving the LORD. Don’t do the Devil’s work of accusing people, but do the LORD’s work in showing them they can become something in Christ. I would rather be wrong at trying to cheer someone along than right at tearing someone down. Every person needs to hear that they are doing a good job. You can be the person who encourages others if you will use your words to let them know how their growth encourages you.
Third, see the positive in what people do. Don’t always point out the negative in what has been done. Yes, there is a time for positive reinforcement, but if you always tear down what people do instead of encouraging them in what they have done, you will succeed in defeating their spirit.
My friend, you won’t be positive on accident. By nature we are negative beings, but you must purposely train your eye to see the positive and your tongue to say the positive. You will accomplish more by building people and encouraging them than you ever will by being negative about them and everything that they do.