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February 27, 2019
February 26, 2019, 3:47 PM

“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” Philippians 2:14-15

How often do others hear us complain? Sometimes far too often! It may be about the weather, other people or even church activities. Would friends, co-workers, or family members describe us as complainers? We probably should ask those who are around us most often. We live in a culture of complaints which shows that, as a nation, we have become very spoiled. There was a time when people were so appreciative of the conveniences we share. Complainers are typically those who gripe about a situation but do not want to be involved in making necessary changes. God never expects us to be complainers. Why? He has called us to be content in all circumstances, to know that He loves us, and to know that He provides for our well-being.

The scripture lesson above reveals a specific reason why Christians should not be the world’s complaining champions. We are different and have been set apart for God’s service. We are to shine like stars in a crooked and depraved generation and to be the examples of Jesus in the world. Who wants to follow us if we spend the majority of our time complaining? For us, the Bible is our life standard. As we live according to biblical standards, our lives stand out as we glorify our Lord. We have allowed the world to influence us and cause our impact to decline. Those who consistently harbor complaints have a negative impact on others around them. As Christians, we should be the ones who positively affect others because we have hope and are the light of the world.

We all know (hopefully) that everything will not go our way. There are times that we really do feel like complaining because life has gotten very chaotic. However, remember when those times come that people are watching to see our reaction. The way we react to adversity is a good indicator of our trust in God and greatly affects the people around us. We choose every day to either be a part of the problem or a part of the solution. As we go about our daily routine this week be careful and take note of the times we complain. Ask God to help us see the good potential in every circumstance and be ready to make the most of it. Remember, we are battling the enemy every day and he wants to make you less effective. Our prayer is that you have a very blessed and joyous week as you shine like the stars to reveal our Lord and Savior.

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