People often misunderstand what positive thinking is. Positive thinking is not putting your head in the sand and ignoring all problems. Positive thinking is recognizing reality and seeing that change is possible.
Pointing out sin
While some may come form spiritually abusive back grounds, and there are spiritually abusive churches, pointing out sin is not being abusive. To fixe a problem we must recognize what the problem is. As we read 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Paul describes a sin list that pretty much all of us struggle with some part of. The “junk drawer” of ‘and anything else contrary to sound doctrine’ seals the deal for us.
Confrontation shows love
God did not give up on us, Paul did not give up on his church. The fact that God points out sin is a demonstration that he’s not done with us. He is actively pointing things out so a healthy relationship can exist between himself and us. A bulk of the Bible is God not giving up, but giving people another chance. He goes out of his way to make that happen. That’s mercy and grace.
What is awesome about Jesus is that the laundry list of sin, he took on himself. Jesus went out of his way to die and rise again for us so being broken doesn’t have to be the end of the story. God reveals himself to be supremely loving and merciful because nothing can keep him away from us. When we run from God, God pursues us.
While we should take sin seriously, we can also relax and relish the fact that God forgave us through Jesus. We don’t have to live worrisome stressed lives. We can be hopeful, peaceful, and fully centered people because of the centrality of what Jesus did for us. We truly can rest in Jesus, and be the best person he designed us to be.