19 Things Joyful Christians Never Do

Rejoice always. (1 Thessalonians 5:16)

When it comes to rejoicing, the people I meet fall into one of two groups.

The first group says "I want to rejoice, but...

The "But" is usually followed by a long list of circumstances that are preventing them from rejoicing.

The second group manages to rejoice, despite their circumstances. Upon further examination, I have found that the second group has discovered that, in order to rejoice always, there are nineteen things they must never do:

1. Expect a problem-free life.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. Bu take heart. I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

2. Think negative thoughts.

Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. (Proverbs 4:23)

3. Speak negative words.

The tongue has the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)

4. Live in the past.

I really do not think that I have already won it; the one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach for what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)

5. Worry about the future.

Do not worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God's peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

6. Compare themselves to others.

Let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won't need to compare himself with someone else. (Galatians 6:4)

7. Try to control things outside of their control.

Let go of your concerns. Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nation. I rule the earth. (Psalm 46:10)

8. Hold a grudge.

If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your father will not forgive you the wrongs you have done. (Matthew 6:14-15) 

9. Allow their feelings to control them.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2). .

10. Say "But" without following it with "God says".

Example:

"I know I should not worry, but....

                            vs.

"I started to worry, but God says...."

11. Make excuses when God calls them to act.

Moses said the Lord, "Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue." (Exodus 4:10)

God's response to Moses:

Now go! When you speak, I will be with you and give you the words to say. (Exodus 4:12)

12. Take responsibility for other's feelings and actions.

For each one will have to bear his own load. (Galatians 6:5)

13. Beat themselves up.

He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)

14. Fall into the "If - When" trap.

"I will rejoice if.." my health improves"; "my kids do well in school", etc.

"I will rejoice when.."I get a job", "I retire", "my kids are on their own." etc.

The Bible says: This is the day the Lord has made. W will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

15. Become obsessed with receiving recognition.

Watch out. Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1)

16. Forget what God has done for them.

I will remember the deeds of the Lord, yes I will remember your miracles of long ago. (Psalm 77:11)

17. Complain or grumble.

We should not test the Lord, as some did - and were killed by snakes. And do not grumble, as some of them did - and were killed by the destroying angel.These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. (1 Corinthians 10:9-11)

18. Maintain toxic relationships.

Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." (1 Corinthians 15:33)

19. Mistake this world for home.

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our savior. (Philippians 3:20)