Focus on God!

In this world around us, we often hear bad words: e.g. blasphemy, profanity, etc. And, subconsciously, we become immune to bad language! I know we all know that bad language is wrong, however, it can be hard to deal with it in our hearts. I have struggled with the fact that people use bad language before now. I was upset, justifiably so, with the blasphemy, profanity, and other bad language in the world. But God helped me, through my Mum and Dad, by showing me Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”

In that Scripture, it says to think about ‘praiseworthy’ things. Who is praiseworthy? God alone! That means, to think about praiseworthy things, is to focus on God. “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:3) That is how we can endure the bad things being said or done in the world around us; focus on God, focus on what Jesus did for you by dying on the Cross for you, and focus on what God is doing for you! Now, we can focus on God and what He is doing/has done in different ways.

We can focus on what Jesus did for us by dying on the Cross for us. We can think about the Word, since “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) This, it actually says to do in Deuteronomy 11:19, “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” We can also count our blessings. Here is a really quick and easy exercise you can do to count your blessings; next time you wake up, what is the first thing you see? A wall? A chair? A clock? Well think about how that helps you, and you have counted a blessing (e.g. wall: protects you, chair: you can rest on, and clock: wakes you up, even though it sometimes doesn’t feel like a blessing). Overflow with thankfulness, as it teaches us in Colossians 2:7.

I will finish on this note: when we hear bad language, we should just forgive whoever it was who spoke it, give it to God, and focus on Him!

Nathan


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