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The Power in Positive Thinking

"Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you to do this more and more" (1 Thess.4:1).

As you can tell, I have been inspired by the church at Thessalonica this week. Have you heard the expression, "don't let it go to your head?" There is a sentiment out there that if we praise someone too much that it will go to their heads. I suppose that this might be a true if we went overboard, but most would agree that positive reinforcement works a lot better than negative just about all of the time. Paul did not have to read Norman Vincent Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking to get people like the Thessalonians going and staying in the right direction. Positive thinking is a mental attitude that allows thoughts and images into the mind that are conducive to growth, expansion and success. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. When the mind is in a positive frame, it anticipates happiness, joy and health. It anticipates successful outcomes, and what the mind expects it often finds. I am not suggesting that Paul did not rebuke and chasten people when it was necessary, but to achieve a successful outcome with this group of Christians in Thessalonica, he let them know that they were on the right track. As his first letter to them comes to an end he writes; "we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask and urge you to do this more and more." Paul respected this new church in Thessalonica, which his words of praise connote. They were becoming the type of people that the Lord wanted them to become. There is power in thinking positive...

Have a great day...Make a difference.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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