Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmuring and disputing.
Grumbling and complaining comes naturally to us even without thinking but we are called today to stop it!
Grumbling and complaining is used to describe a chronic human condition of the heart that we all suffer from. A condition that not only affects us but also those that are around or connected to us.
Have you ever been or are you guilty of grumbling and complaining? If we could be honest for a moment and confess, we too can admit that we are all guilty of it.
Grumbling and complaining shows ungratefulness on our part. Every situation in life could always be worse than what it is that currently has us grumbling and complaining.
I believe that if we could just take a few minutes to think about how any situation in our lives could be worse than what it currently is, we will be able to find the time and opportunity to be grateful and not grinches.
The Apostle Paul reminds the Philippian church that certain actions and attitudes demonstrates the reality of their relationship with God and who they are verses who they say they are.
Grumbling and complaining is not new. We see it throughout the bible. We also see how it can be a serious issue where God is concerned. He does not like us doing it and He wants us to stop it.
After their exit from Egyptian bondage, the Israelites complained, murmur and grumbled about the manna God provided for them so He gave them quail. Their complaining showed their ungratefulness to God for what He had done in not only delivering them out of bondage but providing for them every step of the way after their deliverance.
Constant complaining and grumbling brought about God’s anger and His judgment against His own people Israel. After complaining that they could not conqueor the enemies who lived in the land that God promised them, God allowed all Israelites over 20 years old to die in the wilderness.
Instead of grumbling and complaining all the time, we need to turn those negative words into positive words of thanksgiving unto the Lord our God for what He has already done for us and for what He did not allow to happen that could have been worse.
Grumbling and complaining shows our lack of faith and trust in God and His Sovereign power and ability to provide everything that we need.
I close with this reminder in 1 Thessalonians 5:18-give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
When we stop complaining the light of the Gospel within us shines brighter and our witness to the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ is more effective.
Grumbling and complaining? STOP IT!