>Containing Complaining

Posted: January 11, 2011 in communication, tongue

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I’m a complainer. It’s a gift of mine. I’ve been known to complain about all kinds of things. Here is just a small list of things I’ve mouthed off about either in the past or recently:
My car, friends that disappoint me, my extended family, my finances, my health, a meal, a waiter or waitress, a boss, a team member, a task that had to be done…….and that’s just a few that come out of my mouth.
At the heart of my complaining is a heart full of discontentment. It’s about not getting my way or exactly what I want. The key to killing this cancer of discontentment is allowing God to give us an infusion of gratitude. We need a reminder that “every good gift comes from God” (James 1:17). You see discontentment at its core comes from a belief that we are entitled to get what we want or what we think we deserve. We stop being grateful when we think we’re deserving.

When I look at cross however it robs me of thinking I deserve anything. The price Jesus paid on the cross for my sin shuts my mouth. I’ve got to come back to the cross daily and be reminded that Jesus took upon himself what I did deserve to give me what I do not.

The cross on my mind stops the complaining on my tongue,

Nathan

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Comments
  1. jp says:

    >amazing stuff pastor nathan…i know that this is definitely an issue of mine.

  2. colebradburn says:

    >A couple of psychologists at Univ. of California and Southern Methodist Univ. have been researching Gratitude Theory and determined that gratitude increases alertness, enthusiasm, determination, optimism, and energy. Gratitude not only spills over and begets more gratitude, but also good health!http://www.acfnewsource.org/religion/gratitude_theory.html

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