Philippians 2:14 — Do everything without complaining or arguing (NIV).
Complaining is easy, but it’s not beneficial at all. Nothing good can come from complaining, yet many people do so without even realizing it. There are some who complain about everything, and then there are others who only complain about certain things. However, it is never justified no matter how awful your life may seem to be. In fact, the Bible instructs us to do everything without complaining.
If you find yourself grumbling often, I want to encourage you today to stop. Complaints are an outward reaction to an inward condition. So if you are going to stop whining about things, you’re going to have to change your mindset. Negative thoughts are what eventually cause you to complain.
If you sit around and think about how awful your job is and how unfairly your boss treats you, eventually those thoughts will drop down into your heart. Then they will come out in your words and actions. You will drag your feet and hang your head when it is time to get ready for work. And while on the job, you will mope around and poison your coworkers with negative criticism.
Negativity is contagious. People who are surrounded by chronic complainers many times find themselves whining about things they were once content with. Don’t be a complainer, and don’t make it a habit to hang out with one. Sometimes negativity cannot be avoided, but do not allow yourself to entertain unpleasant thoughts for too long. Scripture says to take such thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ.
Perhaps today you are displeased with people or circumstances in your life. Rather than complain, think about how blessed you are. Be thankful.
1 Corinthians 10:10 — And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death (NLT).
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