Spirit & Life Devotional
Sunday, November 16
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
ON GUARD AGAINST A GRUDGING AND CONTENTIOUS SPIRIT
Philippians 2:14 NKJV “Do all things without complaining and disputing.”
Other translations say, do all things without murmuring, grumbling and arguing. The Weymouth New Testament Translation says, “Be ever on your guard against a grudging and contentious spirit.”
There are people who always complain about almost everything; nothing ever pleases them. They complain about their husbands, their wives, their children, their jobs, what they eat or do not eat, they complain about things that do not even concern them; in church too; they complain about how long the service was, what they preacher said, that they were ignored, etc. They are just never satisfied. It’s a dangerous way to live!
It is practically impossible to have such attitudes and walk in faith at the same time. Even when things are not as we want them to be, we ought to maintain the right attitudes at all time. 1 Corinthians 10:10 tells us not to complain as some of the Israelites did, because when they did, they were destroyed by the destroyer. Learn to trust God. He is good all the time. Instead of grumbling, the Bible says, in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.