“These men are grumblers, complainers, who walk after their own lusts. Their mouths speak arrogant words, and they flatter others to gain profit.”
— Jude 16
All sin is ultimately against God, as David said, “Against You, You only, have I sinned” (Psalm 51:4). But it is also true that we do sin against one another very often. Paul says we should “Do all things without murmuring and disputing” (Philippians 2:14). Yet how much of what goes on in many homes, even Christian homes, involves complaining, grumbling, murmuring, and arguments?
We should be serving God gladly, yielding ourselves to Him happily and cheerfully without murmuring and complaining against one another. How much of that is found in your home? How about the church? Take almost any kind of meeting that goes on in the church, how much of it is spent in murmuring, complaining, and faultfinding?
So we sin against men also in this same way. And whether our relationship to God or one another, we are to do all things without murmuring and complaining. Why? “…That you may be blameless and harmless, sons of God, without fault, in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15). So let us strive to be at peace with all men, as much as it depends on us.
Jehoveh-Shalom, You who are our peace, help us to live in peace without grumbling and fault-finding. Help us today to find the good in others and live in peace with all, as much as it is possible without compromising our core values…
BY GOD’S STRENGTH, WE CAN
EXPERIENCE HIS PEACE.