Without Complaining Or Arguing
Philippians 2:14 “Do everything without complaining or arguing,
(2:15) 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”
What an admonition! Do everything, not some things but everything without complaining or arguing. Everything? In a generation where fighting for your rights includes a right of speech and expression, a right to complain and murmur. In a generation where democracy and civility is tested by how many can freely complain and argue? Then the Bible dare say, do everything, I mean, everything, without complaining or arguing! That immediately makes us different and opposite to world expectations and therefore we shine like stars, because as everyone complains and argues about anything and everything, we don’t!
To complain is to express dissatisfaction over something. In a sinful world, we will never be satisfied by anyone or anything, because that is the effect of sin. In economics we are told that resources available on earth are limited, but the human needs they are to satisfy are unlimited. Therefore there will never be satisfaction. If you choose to complain, you will complain from birth to death. A complaining life is a life of misery! To complain ruins relationship with those we complain to. To complain portrays us as people who are not team players. To complain makes the environment toxic. While it is sensible to demand better services, to complain is incessant dissatisfaction. A complainant is an irritant who is self centered. To complain may improve your life but intoxicate your relationship environment with God and others.
To argue is to insist on your way of seeing things. Arguing is self centered. Arguing rages on because we refuse to see or appreciate another person’s point of view. People who argue are actually irritants and blind to any other view than there own. An arguing person is eventually avoided and they foolishly think they are respected for their views.
Protest and independence struggle are goal oriented and not incessant complain that hardly gets satisfied. Protest seeks to achieve a particular goal, while complaining has a tendency to change goal posts once its demands are met. Complaining is negative and eludes satisfaction and wisdom to accept what can’t change. Arguing is more than expressing your point of view. Arguing is insisting that it is either your way or no way. Arguing is self-centered and negative. Therefore there is no problem protesting or participating in a just struggle for right using Christian perimeters. There is no problem expressing your different opinion. But do it without complaining or arguing!
The Bible says if we don’t argue and complain we will become blameless. Those who argue and complain will always be blamed. To argue and complain forces you to stagnate until you have your way. If you refuse to argue and complain you progress. Because of arguing and complaining we have crippling court cases. Because of complaining and arguing we have people waiting for inheritance settlement instead of progressing to acquire their own property. Because of complaining and arguing promotion and opportunities are lost. Because of complaining and arguing many are killed mysteriously and lives are in danger, always looking over your shoulder. Students who focus on arguing and complaining forget to study.
May God help us to learn how to clearly express our dissatisfaction and point of view and then move on without stagnating. May God consequently make us His shining blessed children who will be easy to live with others, tolerable and progressive. May we be easy to live with and stay with in social media groups, in meetings, in neighborhoods and all relationships.
To do everything without complaining or arguing is our prayer in Jesus name. Amen! (C)firstname.lastname@example.org (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)