The lyrics of a song from a by-gone day have been running through my mind. It’s one of those songs that you can’t stop thinking about. If you’re old enough perhaps you remember, “We’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative and don’t mess with Mr. In-between”. The more I’ve thought about those words, the more I find real truth in those catchy lyrics. I believe all ‘truth’ is God’s truth no matter where we find it. Therefore, I share these three truths with you. They are found ensconced in Scripture.
- We need to accentuate the positive. A positive mind-set is a major part of successful living. A number of best-selling books have been written on the power of positive thinking. For me, the most credible source for positive thinking is God’s Word. Philippians 4:8 provides this admonition: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
- We need to eliminate the negative. The Apostle Paul shares in Colossians 3:5 these words of wisdom with us, “So put evil (negative) things out of your life: sexual sinning, doing evil, letting evil thoughts control you, wanting things that are evil, and greed” (NCS). 1 Peter 2:11 also instructs us to avoid negative things and to “live such good lives that people will see the good things you do and give glory to God on the day when Christ comes again.”
- We certainly don’t want to mess with Mr. In-between. In Revelation 3:15–16, John sounds a warning: “I know what you do, that you are not hot or cold. I wish that you were hot or cold! But because you are lukewarm – neither hot, nor cold –I am ready to spit you out of my mouth” (NCS). The Old Testament Prophet Hosea states (Hosea 10:2 NKJ): “Their hearts are divided; now they shall be found guilty.” My friends, life is so much better when we follow Him with our whole heart.
Prayer: Lord, today we want to follow the teachings found in Your word. Lead us in the way everlasting.
Psalm 119:105 – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light upon my path.”
~ Brother Roy