Is Your Glass Half Full?

Author: NewSpring Church
May 23, 2018

 

2 Corinthians 6:1-13 NIV

"As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, 
'In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.'

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also."

 


 

The way we perceive something is the way we will receive it. We make a choice to look at a situation as a glass half full or half empty. We can look at how big our problem is or we can look at how big our God is. We can focus on our circumstance or we can fix our eyes on Christ. We can look at our overwhelming situation or we can look at our overcoming Savior.

Paul finds himself with this same decision. In 2 Corinthians 6, he starts by listing how bad his situation is “in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger.” But Paul doesn’t stop there. In the second half of verse nine, he writes, “dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.” Paul chose to see the positive in everything that he went through. He chose to look at his situations in faith and not fear.

How was Paul, after everything he had been through, able to look at the glass as being half full? Better yet, how can we take this same perspective on our lives? Well the Paul who wrote 2 Corinthians is the same Paul who wrote Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Paul knew that God would work everything out in his life for God’s glory and for his good. He believed that if it wasn’t good, it wasn’t over.

 

Reflect:

What is one time your perception helped change a situation for the better?
Where in your life can you start seeing the positive instead of the negative? What is one practical way you can begin doing this today?


Taken from NewSpring Church


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