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A Personal Complaint

June 6, 2017, 12:00 PM

Constant griping and complaining is never Biblical, spiritual, or Wise.  In fact it is the opposite of what a believer and follower of Christ should be doing.  

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. - Philippians 4:4

More and more in todays world it is seen or heard: Complaining.  

We complain about the weather, we complain about our jobs, we complain about the news, and we complain about politics.  We complain about our family, our friends, and our neighbors.  We complain about what eat, where we eat it at, and those that serve us what we are eating.  We complain in person, in private, and on every form of social media that we can get our hands on.  Sometimes it seems there are some people who don’t seem to have time for anything else but complaining.  

The problem is that constant complaining is a poison that infects, and damages the complainer and anyone else who takes the time to listen to it.  

Think about it:  A person who constantly complains almost always has a negative outlook on life.  Nothing is ever right, good, or at least, good enough.  Someone is always doing you wrong, doing you dirty, or out to get you.  

God does not intend for you to live that way.  God does not want you to view life that way.  The Bible says “Rejoice always!”  Nearly 200 times there is an admonition to rejoice in scripture!  Obviously God knew the importance of rejoicing while living this journey called life.  God knew that there would be times we would be tempted to grumble and complain.  But, He also knows that if you “count your blessings and name them one by one” it would lead to rejoicing to the point where you have no time nor see the need to complain.  

Paul tells us here in Philippians to Rejoice always.  The admonition is to let your life be marked and filled with rejoicing.  Now, before you say, “Paul doesn’t know what I am going through” you should know that Paul was giving this admonition while he was in prison.  

Paul had been beaten, shipwrecked, stoned, mocked, and imprisoned.  He would later give his life as a martyr for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Yet, he encourages us to rejoice always.

Paul knew what we must remember:  We can always rejoice, no matter our circumstances, because of the Love of God, because of Christ’s sacrifice and redemptive work, and because God will never leave us.  When we weigh our slights, and difficulties in the light of His love, it will always lead us to rejoice.  

Rejoicing despite your troubles leads to joy.  Joy changes your perspective on life and leads to happiness.  Happiness and joy are infectious and will impact others for the good instead of impacting them for the bad.  

People want to be around a joyful, happy, positive people.  People want to talk to you when you are pleasant and fun to be around.  People will listen to you and why you are so joyful.  That is when you can make a difference and share why you are that they can rejoice as well. 

Realize the love of Christ, and rejoice today!