October 14, 2021
Overcoming the Behavior of Complaining
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“Do every part with out complaining and arguing …” Philippians 2:14 (NLT)
When my daughter Kaitlyn was only a toddler, she turned irritated with huge sister Morgan. She waddled over to me with a annoyed look, raised her eyebrows, flailed her little arms within the air and commenced to profusely whine. With no phrases, thoughts you.
She hadn’t realized to speak but, however as a result of she had heard different individuals whine, she knew what it appeared like. Jumbled high- and low-pitched sounds spilled from her rosy lips. Her tone, facial features, hand actions and the way in which she lingered on sure “phrases” have been all alerts of great whining.
Whining and complaining come naturally after we’re disgruntled, it doesn’t matter what age we’re. But when we let negativity saturate our ideas, it should finally result in continual complaining and a complete lack of pleasure.
Paul knew this all too effectively. In Philippians Chapter 1, Paul inspired the Philippians to face sturdy of their religion in opposition to exterior conflicts, such because the individuals who have been attempting to persecute them or silence their instructing of the gospel. He referred to as them to conduct themselves in a way worthy of God and never get caught up in grumbling amongst one another. Then, in Philippians 2, Paul taught them the way to stand sturdy in opposition to inner conflicts — issues of the guts — certainly one of which was the behavior of complaining.
In right this moment’s key verse, Philippians 2:14, Paul says, “Do every part with out complaining and arguing.” He not solely needed them to pay attention to their damaging ideas earlier than they become damaging phrases, however he additionally needed them to grasp that to complain about something, whether or not it was an individual or a circumstance, was primarily a criticism in opposition to their God.
Let’s face it: All through Scripture, Paul had loads of causes to complain at any given time. Though the exterior struggles Paul confronted have been totally different than yours or mine, the ideas and emotions he struggled with have been the identical.
Paul was doubtless drained and annoyed along with his issues, which appeared to by no means finish. We see within the Bible that he was harassed all over the place he went, all the time had enemies searching him down and was continuously battling worry and discouragement. He had no concept how or if issues would work out the way in which he frequently prayed for. It’s simple to imagine that he was typically dissatisfied.
However regardless of all Paul was enduring, we see him turning prime alternatives for whining into prime alternatives for praising his God. He turned an instance of how he needed others to dwell out their lives as effectively.
Paul most likely knew in his coronary heart that complaining would solely result in extra negativity about his circumstances. He additionally knew it may turn into an impediment in seeing the praiseworthy issues God was doing. We see in Philippians how he purposely strived to eradicate discontentment and grumbling, though criticism was warranted, and switch his negativity into constructive ideas and reward as a substitute.
It’s OK to really feel like life has handled us unfairly and to really feel determined to see God repair an issue we’re going through. It’s OK to really feel unhappy; to not love all of the irritating, disappointing or annoying issues that occur to us; and to even really feel disgruntled. In actual fact, it’s OK to not be in love with our life each second. All of those are pure, human feelings. But it surely’s not OK to remain caught in a damaging mindset that feeds the behavior of complaining. That solely takes our focus off of who God is and the truth that He’s deserving of reward it doesn’t matter what.
God longs to rework our hearts and minds so we will dwell every day with an perspective of rejoicing and praising. After we management our ideas, deliberately attempt to break the dangerous behavior of whining and reward God even when we don’t really feel prefer it, our hearts could be crammed with pleasure, and our lips with reward, even within the hardest of seasons.
Pricey Lord, You already know I’m generally responsible of complaining and routine negativity. Please assist me acknowledge damaging ideas that result in whining and complaining, and provides me consciousness to search for causes to reward You as a substitute. In Jesus’ Title, Amen.
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Roughly one-third of the psalms within the Bible are psalms of lament, meant to show us the way to complain to God in a means that also glorifies, praises and trusts in Him. Take time to learn by way of the next six psalms of lament within the subsequent week: Psalm 6, 10, 38, 42, 43 and 130.
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