Friday, May 7, 2010

Don't Complain

Complaining Only Makes Things Worse

We may know it by different terms - griping, grumbling, whining or murmuring. But regardless of the word we use to describe it, complaining always has the same symptoms. The dictionary defines it as "an expression of unhappiness, dissatisfaction, or discontent. Complaining is the outward expression of discontent from within.

Complaining is Evidence of Unbelief.

Regardless of whatever circumstances may cause discontent, complaining is always an expression of unbelief toward God's order in our life. Our lives and circumstances are in the Lord's hand, thus, if believers complain, it really becomes an accusation against the Lord! Complaining is unbelief. On the other hand, thanksgiving is the expression of gratefulness and faith in God.

Complaining Gives Place to the Devil

Apostle Paul warned Christians of the danger of complaining. 1 Cor.10:10. The devil thrives in an atmosphere of complaining. The Lord was fed up with the complaints of Israelites in the wilderness. He allowed the destroyer to answer their complaints.

Complaining is Not for Christians

Apostles Paul tells Christians to do all things without complaining. (Phil 2:14), and the epistle of Jude places complainers in the same category as ungodly sinner who will inherit judgment. (Jude 1:15-16)

I used to think people complained because they had a lot of problems. But I have come to realize that they have problems because they complain. Complaining doesn't change anything or make situation better. It amplifies frustration.

How important it is that believers guard the words of their mouth! The scriptures tell us that our words are literally the basis for whether we are justified or condemned. Realizing this, we should eradicate negative words, griping or grumbling, and fill our mouth with praise and thanksgiving! Amen.

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