Philippians 2:14-16 NIV “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 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 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.”
As much as we grumble and argue one would think that Paul identified the two as part of the five fold ministry or at least the gifts of the Spirit. But he didn’t. As a matter of fact, according to scripture, grumbling and arguing shouldn’t be a part of our “fruit” at all.
When you consider the word “everything,” that means in all that we do at home, at work, at church in everything we do, we must not grumble or argue. Can you imagine how marriages, relationships with our children, churches and job environments would change if we changed?
Grumbling and arguing come from a contrite heart which reveals the impurity and malfunctioning of our hearts. If we are stricken with the disease of grumbling and arguing, we must pray for healing now. Only the Holy Spirit can transform our hearts through a deepened and more surrendered relationship with Christ.
Our grumbling and arguing are blotting out our shine, our Godly glow. The shine comes from the glow of the Holy Spirit, from belonging to Christ. He can’t shine in the darkness of our grumbling and arguing because it purposefully blots out His light.
Not only do grumbling and complaining come from a bad heart, those are bad spirits that have infiltrated our beings. Grumbling and arguing are harmonious in the devil’s heavenly symphony in the air. Stop giving him a foothold by singing his tune right now in Jesus’s name.
The cure for grumbling and -arguing is this- hold on to the Word of life. God’s can help us to blot out grumbling and arguing. What are we grumbling and arguing about? Why? Don’t we trust God’s Word. Don’t we know God won’t withhold anything good from us? Don’t we know that God can cause all things to work for our good?
Remember the quintessential example of grumbling and arguing was the Israelites in the wilderness. Please remember the consequences. What is keeping us from maximizing our true spiritual gifts? Why aren’t we growing in the grace of God in our ministry, marriage, jobs, and relationships? Why haven’t we reached our promised land here on earth? Perhaps it is because we treat grumbling and arguing as if they are spiritual gifts. They are not. Dr.J.