Think about how different life would be if we would live by this one verse. It sounds so simple. Seven simple words, yet for some, such a tall order. Grumbling is something many people do without even realizing it, which is unfortunate. It comes from dissatisfaction, and if it continues unchecked, will lead to other negative conditions. If two or more habitual grumblers are together even for a short time, there will probably be a dispute about something. If not between themselves, then with someone they agree is causing their dissatisfaction. This happens in the church as well as in the world.
Paul writes: “so you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation,…” (vs. 15a) We are supposed to be a light in this dark world, not add to its darkness through complaining and arguing.
Grumbling is negative self-talk. The more you grumble, the worse you will feel. When that negativity builds up enough it overflows into disputes. Instead of grumbling about something, try asking yourself why the situation bothers you to begin with. Blaming someone else for the situation will help no one. Praying for the Lord's help in overcoming your tendency to take a negative point of view will bring healing. You should do this with every single thing you grumble about.
Step back from the negative thoughts and consider the situation from every angle. Looking at things with a wider perspective will many times bring the clarity needed to relieve the negativity. If we’re honest with ourselves, our grumbling is based in selfishness. We become focused on our feelings; and that is seldom a good idea.
Next time you feel like grumbling or arguing, stop and ask yourself if you have a legitimate gripe or if you’re just being negative. Think about all you have to be thankful for. Pray for God to reveal the root of your negativity and be willing to listen to the answer. Then, get over it. Let go of your right to be negative and let go of that complaining spirit.
You will find you have a lot more things to be thankful for than to gripe about.
Have a great week and God bless.
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