Do all things without grumbling or complaining – Philippians 2:14
Do I really have to do ALL things without grumbling, complaining, whining or otherwise having a negative attitude? What if someone hurts my feelings? What if someone eats the last slice of pizza that I was saving for lunch?
Yes, it means ALL things. If there are negative influences in your life, get rid of them NOW. It may mean ending a friendship, leaving a job, changing what publications you read, what radio stations or podcasts you listen to, or what you watch on TV.
Negativity adversely affects your health:
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart issue
- Digestive issues
Not to mention the affect it will have on your relationships. Inevitably, the negative attitude of others will affect you. Either you will become negative yourself or you will act out in some other way. Do you turn inward and stop communicating altogether? Are you passive aggressive and hint about the wrongs done to you on social media?
Any kind of negative retaliation is just as wrong as the original sin.
Walk away. Pray for them earnestly.
Let the JOY of the Lord be your strength.