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Actions That Speak Volumes
9/19/2017

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, largely because they believe their way is the better, or proper way.  So they will often resort into complaining and grumbling.  They may even begin to attack the person in question, tearing at them along with their ideas, breaking them down in a verbal attack.

If we find ourselves—as Christians—grumbling about others, then we should be aware that we are destroying our own testimony.  There is something very perplexing about watching a couple of Christians arguing over something—especially when in their pride and anger they hold tight 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 we find ourselves in a potentially volatile situation, we need to 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 there will always be others watching us as Christians.  They’re looking at us to see how we will handle ourselves when we are being confronted with challenging conversations and the things we know to be wrong according to our beliefs, perceptions, and most importantly, God’s Word.  How we respond will determine whether we are being a light in the midst of darkness. 

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

There is good reason for God 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 to a lost soul, and an encouragement unto other believers.  Our actions speak volumes to those around us—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 and grumpy.

I want to encourage you to try this out; 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? 

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

PRAYER: 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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