Lateley, I have noticed that I have been complaining a lot. Even about little things (i.e. things like the weather not being ideal or having an obligation that I don’t feel like fulfilling at the time ). There’s always something that will irritate me a little, then from that one irritation, it blows over into something big. I have even become irritated with myself for complaining so much (and rightfully so.) I had to step back when I started to vent once again about a latest mishap that stumbled my way. My husband came from a place of love when he told me complaining does not solve anything it only makes the matter worst. So simple, yet so true. I thank God for using my husband to shed light on the issue and for softening my heart enough to receive what he had to say.
In my quest to return to peace and love, it was what I needed to hear. I wanted to dig even deeper so I searched the word of God to see what he had to say on the matter. Many scriptures addresses the issue. But one scripture that really stood out to me was Phillippians 2:14-15. It says “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world”. I want to be a light. I don’t want God to say depart from me I know you not. I do not want to continue to dwell in darkness. Complaining is a sin yes, but it is also a gateway to other things that will create harm and discord in my life.
Complaining and murmuring can be easy to justify. I’ve said things like “I just have to vent, or “I have to get this off my chest before I explode”, or “it’s better out than in.” But the truth is complaining only blocks me from being all that God would have me be. I ask God for forgiveness. I am asking that he remove the spirit of complaining and restore the spirit of gratitude. I do have a lot to be thankful for. I have Jesus in my life. I have my health and strength. I have a great family. So the next time the complaining spirit tries to rise up, I have some “fresh” spiritual insight to draw on. I just had to be reminded.