“Do everything without complaining.” Philippians 2:14
I’ve been complaining A LOT recently. First complaining about back pain, then complaining about my vacation possibly needing to be canceled and complaining about the way “people” drive. For no apparent reason I find myself complaining about the stupidest things. Who am I to complain?
Who am I to always have it my way? Who am I to always get what I want when I want. We live such a spoiled lifestyle of instantaneous gratification. Most of us have no concept of the reality most people on this earth face because we spend so much time thinking about ourselves.
It’s good to get a new perspective, one that is not selfishly focused on ourselves. Take a moment and look at what you are currently complaining about. Step out of your own perspective and try and see it from your neighbor’s perspective. Now try and see it from God’s perspective. Think about that person or the people that drive you a little crazy. You know the ones. Now try and look at yourself the way they see you. Now try and look at them the way God sees them. Ouch… maybe it’s a bit of a wake up call. To love each other as God first loved us.
How can we love each other as He loves us? How can we love ourselves they way He loves us? If we see each other the way He does. If we see ourselves they way He sees us. Look through God’s glasses of love, joy and peace. He see’s the complaining heart in us and has nothing but patience for us. His kind eyes encourage us. That perfect goodness allows us to rest in His sovereignty. He has always been faithful to us, never forsaking us. In our moments of weakness He is gentle with us. And through it all He becomes our self-control.
How beautiful would it be if we all loved the world around us as God loves us? What kind of life would we lead if we stopped looking inwardly and selfishly just long enough to stop complaining and start loving?
When you choose to acknowledge the Spirit of God and what He has already done for you, you are able to let that same Spirit overflow in extension to the world around you. That Spirit is as it is written in Galatians 5:22-25, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and appetites and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”