To grumble and complain…..There will always be areas in each of our lives that we continually work to make better. So here’s mine….grumbling and complaining! Complaining is certainly not a fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Complaining is destructive and debilitating personally and only serves to make our witness to the world more difficult.
Was there complaining in the Bible? Moses cried out to the Lord repeatedly for deliverance from the Israelites’ grumbling and idolatry Exodus 17:4 “Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.” We also know of complaints that David offered up to the Lord in the Psalms. Psalm 22:1 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?” However, Job was able to sanctify his complaints. The book of Job offers the most in the way of complaints towards God, and yet Job did not sin. Job 1:22 “In all this, Job did not sin in charging God with wrongdoing.” Job 2:10 “He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”
We are challenged not to grumble and complain rather, we are to love one another deeply so that we may become “blameless and pure” in God’s eyes. When we grumble and complain, it shows how worldly we still are James 4:1-3 “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be friend of the world becomes and enemy of God.”
If we must complain, let it be to Him about our own sinfulness so that He will forgive and cleanse us. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” I ask God today to give me a new heart, one that rejoices rather than complains!
If you are a complainer ask God to change your attitude. I am continually trying to change and focus not on what’s wrong but to stop and thank God for something good. And lastly, I try to make it my goal to encourage and help others by my words. The Bible says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29