I hope and pray that 2015 will be a year filled with faith for the challenges that you face during the year. God’s Word has promises that when applied will crush the negatives in our lives. Most of the challenges that we will face will be dealing with the issues of other people and our own issues.
Let me mention some of the negative personalities that we may face this year in the lives of others and also our lives. This is a list but not inclusive...fearful, doubtful, narrow-minded, obsessive, superficial, bossy, harsh, rude, grumpy, cruel, jealous, dishonest, sarcastic, callous, aggressive, vengeful, unkind, touchy, clinging, deceitful, self-centered, quick-tempered, mean, irresponsible, compulsive, boring, dogmatic, inflexible, impolite, quarrelsome, cynical, thoughtless, aloof, arrogant, impatient, moody, obstinate, pessimistic, resentful, cantankerous, untidy, fussy, intolerant, etc. Understand that we may have some of these negative personality traits. So we need to be kind to others. It is helpful to look at the list and see if any of these negative words fit us or not.
There are passages that show us the negative and then show us how to replace that with the positive. For example, Philippians 4:6 says not to worry about anything, but pray about everything. We are to replace the negative with a positive. Worrying is negative but praying is positive.
So, let’s look at some positive personality traits. These are the kind of traits that we want to portray. Also, this is not an all-inclusive list...brave, gentle, kind, patient, compassionate, understanding, reliable, honest, courteous, self-discipline, pro-active, funny, friendly, frank, ambitious, sensible, straightforward, creative, determined, sympathetic, tough, loyal, polite, loving, easygoing, persistent, thoughtful, sincere, optimistic, etc.
As we go into 2015, what adjectives will others ascribe to us? I hope to lose some of the negative traits and gain some positive adjectives. God's word will help us to crush the negative and replace them with positives.
I pray that 2015 will be a year of the positive adjectives for you and me.