Peaceful Living

May 15, 2024 | The Chuck Wagon

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing;”  Php. 2:14; NASB

It is amazing how one short verse can be so difficult to obey. If Christians on social media are any sign, the body of Christ is having a rough time with this one. There is a steady stream of so called “Christians” on social media today that are grumbling about things and people in the church with which they do not agree. These grumblings will many times lead to disputes. This is the modern-day version of what has gone on within church bodies since the beginning of Christianity, and it should not be that way.

When the apostle Paul was traveling the countryside planting churches and preaching God’s word, he ran into a unique group of people in Berea. The Bible says, “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). They listened to what Paul preached and then went to the Scriptures for confirmation. This led many of them to salvation because they could see what Paul said was true. Instead of arguing or debating with Paul or between themselves, they went to God’s Word to find out for themselves. This is what we all should do; eagerly receive what we hear, but go to the Word for clarity and confirmation.

Grumbling about things is a waste of time and energy. If you truly believe that God is always present and knows what is going on, what is there to grumble about? Grumbling is born from discontent. Grumbling also allows us to remain discontent while doing nothing about it. If you are not pleased with a situation, look honestly at why that might be and be willing to change it. If through that examination you find it is you that needs to change, then you have a decision to make. Your grumbling might relieve the frustration temporarily, but it will not change it. If it is you that needs to change, seek His guidance in changing it.

Disputing is pointless as well because it always has an element of pride involved. It is one thing to disagree with someone or something, but a dispute is more than a disagreement. A dispute may start with a disagreement, but moves on when emotions get involved. Someone wants to be right or there would be no dispute. It is better to walk away, even when you know you are right. Believers are called to be separate from the world and avoiding disputes is one powerful way of doing that. This does not mean you let people walk over you. This means you can state your case, stand strong in your belief, and walk away when the time is right.

God tells us through Isaiah, “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word” (Is. 66:2b). Always look to God with an attitude of praise and worship for all things. God’s word is truth, and in that we can find comfort. If we humbly look at ourselves instead of grumbling or disputing, we will often find the root is not what is displeasing at the moment. Once found, we can take that root to God in prayer and seek His guidance. Done with humility and a genuine fear of the Lord, this process will bring healing and relief, and the grumbling and disputes will become things of the past.

God bless and have a great week

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