Posts Tagged ‘Complaining

13
Jul
18

Grumbling And Complaining

One of the hardest things to do as a human being is to get along with others. As we look around us, it has becoming clear that we just can’t get along. People are fighting over politics and politicians. We’re fighting over social issues such as racism and immigration. We’re fighting over economic issues and our values. These disagreements even make their way into the church. Paul told the Philippians:

Do all things without grumbling or disputing… – Philippians 2:14 (NIV)

When it comes to our relationships in the church, we need to remember to be humble. We have to demonstrate to the world what it means to put others before yourself. We have to get along for the sake of God’s Kingdom. That means that we don’t grumble against one another and we don’t complain about one another. Instead, we love each other and pray for each other. When we do that, God is pleased and the world takes notice.
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26
Jan
18

Hospitality

As followers of Jesus, we are all part of a great big family of believers. We’re a spiritual family of brothers and sisters. Peter says that we should be hospitable toward one another and help each other without complaining. He wrote:

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. – 1 Peter 4:9 (NIV)

We do not live in very hospitable times. We like the privacy of our own homes. We like to be left alone. But the fact is that we need our brothers and sisters and they need us. Hospitality is about bring friendly toward others. It is more than just a hug or a handshake on a Sunday morning. It is about doing life together as brothers and sisters. Think about your own flesh and blood. If your brother or sister fell on hard times, many of you would help them however you could. The same thing goes for our spiritual family. We need to practice kindness and hospitality toward our spiritual brothers and sisters. When we do, we shouldn’t complain about it, but rather see it as an opportunity to share the love of God.
09
Jun
17

Complaining About Our Spiritual Siblings

As we wait for the Lord to return, we have been given a church family. We have brothers and sisters in the Lord who are there to grow in faith alongside us and to help us grow in our faith as well. Like any family, though, there can be sibling rivalry that we must work through and overcome. James writes:

Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! – James 5:9 (NIV)

When we grumble and complain about our spiritual siblings, we are taking the place of the Judge. We will be judged by God for our sins and that includes judging and complaining about our brothers and sisters in Christ. Instead of grumbling and complaining about them, let us hold each other accountable in love. That way, we will all build each other up in faith instead of tearing one another down. None of us are qualified to take the Judge’s seat. The true Judge will judge us all, so let’s remain humble toward each other in love.
23
Nov
16

Why Do We Complain And Argue?

Philippians 2:12-18 (NIV)

Do Everything Without Grumbling

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

When I was a kid, my mom used to quote Philippians 2:14 to us all the time:

Do everything without grumbling or arguing – Philippians 2:14 (NIV)

Why?  Because we were whiny and argumentative kids!  This is more than just sound advice to Christians in the church.  This is a vitally important commandment from Paul.  Why do we grumble (complain) and argue?  Because we have lost sight of what is really important!  We turn into Israel wandering in the wilderness for 40 years!  What did they do?  They complained all the time and they fought with Moses and each other.  This is not how it should be!  Rather, we should be thankful, grateful, considerate and merciful.
When we lose sight of what this is really all about, God’s Kingdom loses and the enemy wins.  Why do we complain?  Because we forget about Heaven.  If you woke up every day with the thought, “My sins are forgiven and I’m going to go to Heaven someday,” how much different would your life be?!?  About what could you possibly complain?!?  Everything else is so unimportant.  In the church, we typically complain about our personal preferences and someone else’s infringing upon them.
If we’re not complaining, then we’re arguing with each other.  Again, about what are we arguing?  Personal preferences!  We sound like siblings in the back seat of the car on a long trip.  “Would you stop touching me?!?”  It’s petty stuff that we often end up arguing over.  In the grand scheme of things, half of that stuff doesn’t really matter!
What does matter is our witness to the world.  Paul says that when we stop the complaining and arguing, we become “blameless and pure” and we “shine like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:15, NIV).  We are able to shine Christ’s light into a dark world that so desperately needs light.  But if we spend all our time and energy complaining about not getting our way, we have none left to tell people about Jesus.  If we spend all of our time fighting with each other, we have no time to combat the spiritual forces of evil in prayer.  The next time you go to complain about something, offer up a prayer of thanks instead.  If you’re involved in an argument or a dispute, consider whether or not it is worth a dimmed light in this dark world.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to be thankful today for all of the blessings You have provided. I ask that You would forgive me when I grumble and complain. I want to be more grateful for all that You have done for me and for the people in my life. Amen.
17
Mar
16

Why Do We Complain And Argue?

When I was a kid, my mom used to quote Philippians 2:14 to us all the time:

Do everything without grumbling or arguing – Philippians 2:14 (NIV)

Why?  Because we were whiny and argumentative kids!  This is more than just sound advice to Christians in the church.  This is a vitally important commandment from Paul.  Why do we grumble (complain) and argue?  Because we have lost sight of what is really important!  We turn into Israel wandering in the wilderness for 40 years!  What did they do?  They complained all the time and they fought with Moses and each other.  This is not how it should be!  Rather, we should be thankful, grateful, considerate and merciful.
When we lose sight of what this is really all about, God’s Kingdom loses and the enemy wins.  Why do we complain?  Because we forget about Heaven.  If you woke up every day with the thought, “My sins are forgiven and I’m going to go to Heaven someday,” how much different would your life be?!?  About what could you possibly complain?!?  Everything else is so unimportant.  In the church, we typically complain about our personal preferences and someone else’s infringing upon them.
If we’re not complaining, then we’re arguing with each other.  Again, about what are we arguing?  Personal preferences!  We sound like siblings in the back seat of the car on a long trip.  “Would you stop touching me?!?”  It’s petty stuff that we often end up arguing over.  In the grand scheme of things, half of that stuff doesn’t really matter!
What does matter is our witness to the world.  Paul says that when we stop the complaining and arguing, we become “blameless and pure” and we “shine like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:15, NIV).  We are able to shine Christ’s light into a dark world that so desperately needs light.  But if we spend all our time and energy complaining about not getting our way, we have none left to tell people about Jesus.  If we spend all of our time fighting with each other, we have no time to combat the spiritual forces of evil in prayer.  The next time you go to complain about something, offer up a prayer of thanks instead.  If you’re involved in an argument or a dispute, consider whether or not it is worth a dimmed light in this dark world.

Philippians 2:12-18 (NIV)

Do Everything Without Grumbling

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

15
Mar
13

Why Do We Complain And Argue?

When I was a kid, my mom used to quote Philippians 2:14 to us all the time:

Do everything without grumbling or arguing – Philippians 2:14 (NIV)

Why?  Because we were whiny and argumentative kids!  This is more than just sound advice to Christians in the church.  This is a vitally important commandment from Paul.  Why do we grumble (complain) and argue?  Because we have lost sight of what is really important!  We turn into Israel wandering in the wilderness for 40 years!  What did they do?  They complained all the time and they fought with Moses and each other.  This is not how it should be!  Rather, we should be thankful, grateful, considerate and merciful.
When we lose sight of what this is really all about, God’s Kingdom loses and the enemy wins.  Why do we complain?  Because we forget about Heaven.  If you woke up every day with the thought, “My sins are forgiven and I’m going to go to Heaven someday,” how much different would your life be?!?  About what could you possibly complain?!?  Everything else is so unimportant.  In the church, we typically complain about our personal preferences and someone else’s infringing upon them.
If we’re not complaining, then we’re arguing with each other.  Again, about what are we arguing?  Personal preferences!  We sound like siblings in the back seat of the car on a long trip.  “Would you stop touching me?!?”  It’s petty stuff that we often end up arguing over.  In the grand scheme of things, half of that stuff doesn’t really matter!
What does matter is our witness to the world.  Paul says that when we stop the complaining and arguing, we become “blameless and pure” and we “shine like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:15, NIV).  We are able to shine Christ’s light into a dark world that so desperately needs light.  But if we spend all our time and energy complaining about not getting our way, we have none left to tell people about Jesus.  If we spend all of our time fighting with each other, we have no time to combat the spiritual forces of evil in prayer.  The next time you go to complain about something, offer up a prayer of thanks instead.  If you’re involved in an argument or a dispute, consider whether or not it is worth a dimmed light in this dark world.

Philippians 2:12-18 (NIV)

Do Everything Without Grumbling

12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

03
Jan
13

Part Of The Solution

I want to take a couple of days and read through one of my favorite Old Testament prophets.  His name was Habakkuk.  He had a problem.  He looked around at the people of his time and saw that there was great injustice.  The leaders of Israel were corrupt.  There was violence everywhere.  So he took his complaint to God.  Could you imagine the bravado of this prophet?  He complained to the Lord about the situation going on around him.  He also complains about God’s lack of action!  Who does this guy think he is?  What amazes me even more is that God answers him back and doesn’t reduce him to ashes on the spot!  God tells Habakkuk that He did see what was going on and that He had a plan.  He was going to raise up the Babylonians (or Chaldeans) to punish Israel for her infidelity, corruption and wickedness.  God describes the Babylonians to Habakkuk in terrifying terms.  This does not make Habakkuk happy, either.  We’ll read about his second complaint to God tomorrow.
We live in a time when people hear of tragedy or they see corruption (in politics or even in the church) and they wonder where God is.  God is not far off.  He sees what is going on around us.  He knows the evil that is in the hearts of people.  He has a plan that will bring about justice.  He has a plan to punish the wicked and evildoers.  We must patiently wait for God’s plan to come to fruition.  We must also do one more thing.  We must combat the evil we see all around us.  We must shine the light of Jesus in the dark places in our world.  Rather than sitting around complaining, we need to spread the Gospel.  We need to be a part of the solution and not add to the problems.

Habakkuk 1

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet received.

Habakkuk’s Complaint

How long, O Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer

“Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.
I am raising up the Babylonians,
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwelling places not their own.
They are a feared and dreaded people;
they are a law to themselves
and promote their own honor.
Their horses are swifter than leopards,
fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong;
their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like a vulture swooping to devour;
    they all come bent on violence.
Their hordes advance like a desert wind
and gather prisoners like sand.
10 They deride kings
and scoff at rulers.
They laugh at all fortified cities;
they build earthen ramps and capture them.
11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—
guilty men, whose own strength is their god.”




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