The dangers of a complaining spirit

“Do all things without complaining and disputing” (Phil. 2:14 NKJ).

Attitude is key in spiritual things. The scripture above instructs us to “do all things without complaining.” We generally complain about things in our lives that we do not like or want. People usually complain when there is a painful or hurtful situation that appears to be beyond their control. The Word above says, “all things,” whether there is a reason to complain or not.

There is a reason why God gives us the instruction above. First and foremost, complaining is a faithful symptom of unbelief. Whenever we complain, we are simply shouting aloud our unbelief in divine providence or control over our lives. And God does not like it at all. Secondly, since complaining is a symptom of unbelief, it indicates that you are going to be defeated in the situation that you are complaining about, because it takes faith for you to have victory. Thirdly, complaining overwhelms your spirit. The Psalmist said, “I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed” (Ps. 77:3 NKJ). The word overwhelmed in this scripture could also mean “make feeble,” “weaken,” or “grow faint.” Each time you complain about your situation, you sink deeper into the mire. You become weaker and fainter. Understand spiritual things, and learn to respond appropriately to God. Rather than complaining, God wants you to look for a reason to be thankful in every situation ( 1 Thes. 5:18).


How does the scripture above apply to you at home, work, school, or even in your nation?


Whenever you meet a situation today that makes you want to complain, stop, remember the word above, and choose instead to look for a reason to be thankful. Watch your life begin to change with this change of attitude!


If complaining has been part of you, please ask the Father to forgive you at this moment and empower you in thanksgiving and not complaint.

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