Grumpy Old Man

Grumpy Old Man

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, Philippians 2:14-15 (NKJV)

Most likely you've heard someone critique another in how they are handling a situation by saying, "Why are they doing it this way?  This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever!"  People will take up this point in an attempt to justify the way they would like to do something because they believe their way is the proper way.  They just cannot handle something or maybe just the way it is being done, so they resort into complaining and grumbling.  They may even start to attack the person in question, tearing at them and their ideas, breaking them down in a verbal attack. 

We should probably be aware if we as Christians are the one who is grumbling it ruins our testimony; plain and simple.    There is nothing more perplexing than watching a couple of Christians arguing over something - hanging on to their pride and holding tight in anger to their point of view.  It is actually sad, and it doesn't have to be between Christians only - it can be between a believer and a non-believer as well.  When you find yourself in a potentially volatile situation, remember a gentle response goes a long way.

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV)

We need to remember that the world is watching us as Christians.  They're looking at us in our dealings - how we handle ourselves when we are being confronted with challenging conversations and those things we believe or know to be wrong according to our beliefs, perceptions, and most importantly, God's Word.  If we are acting like a grumpy old man then you can bet we are not being the light God has told us to be in this dark world.  

"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14 (NKJV)

There is a reason God is telling us not to murmur, complain, grumble or be bitter - it is so we can be blameless before a crooked and depraved generation.  In other words, we can become a witness as to the love of God to a lost soul.  Our actions speak volumes to those around us - much more than any words we may share.  If we want to preach Christ crucified, then we must begin by living as Christ lived, and this means crucifying any temptation to be bitter, divisive or grumpy.

I want to encourage you to try this out and see how good it works, you'll be amazed.  The next time you are in a grocery store and your tempted to complain about how long the line is, why not say, "Aren't we blessed to have so much food to choose from here in this country?" 

Remember to smile - it looks good on you.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 2:14-15 how many things are we to do without complaining or arguing?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself being tempted to complain when you see something being done wrong or different than how you would have done it?  

APPLICATION: Ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit each day.  Ask Him to allow others to see Him in you so they may be drawn to Him through you.  Ask for His words to share and let Him speak through you.  You will be amazed at what comes out of your mouth.

Father, I pray for your fresh filling of Your Holy Spirit today.  May others see You in me and may they be drawn to You.  I pray You would give me your words to share with others, and a servant's heart to serve them.  Thank You for using me today in Your ministry.  May it be a blessing to those who I meet today and bring glory to Your name.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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