Hello. It’s nice to have you here, again. This is in continuation of the article: The Key to Joyful Living: Grow in Christ-likeness – Peter Tan-Chi. To maintain your joy, to increase your joy, you must grow in Christ-likeness. Growing means having the willingness to change. As you grow, you will also change. According to this series of Eternal Perspective, to grow in Christ-likeness means to observe the four principles. The first principle was to Be Obedient. To know more about how to be obedient, you may read here: Eternal Perspective: Be Obedient. The second principle is to Do Your Part. To know more how to do your part you may read here: Eternal Perspective: Do Your Part. In this article, we will be expanding the third principle which is “Do not Grumble”, according to the words of our head Pastor Peter Tan-Chi. You may also refer to the video clip embedded at the bottom of this post for reference.
Perspective: Do not grumble
The Bible says in Philippians 2:13-14, do all things without grumbling. Do all things without complaining. Why? What will differentiate you from all others is the evidence of being a child of God. It will honor the name of Jesus. In a world full of people who grumble and complain, stand up and honor Jesus.
A lot of us fail to realize that grumbling is a sin. The command is emphatic. “Do all things without grumbling.” During difficult times when we feel that we are drowning in our circumstances, and there’s nothing left to do but to grumble or complain, there is only one antidote. The antidote is to trust God that He will deliver you from your circumstances.
Teach yourself to be grateful
A grateful person who finds blessings in anything will not be a grumbling person. The truth is, a lot of us are taking things for granted. We are not grateful of what we have. We complain about the slightest of all things. Perhaps, we just need to teach ourseves to be thankful. Again, do not grumble. Instead, be grateful.
Ask yourself this question
During this difficult time where we are compelled to go out of our house, let’s ask this question: What blessing can come out of this? Moreover, many of us are not aware of the blessings we currently have this time.
- Blessing of time. A time to reflect about our life, our purpose; a time for our family; and a time for hobbies. Most especially, a time to get to know God better.
- Blessing to know that sooner or later, we are going to depart this world. Perhaps, God is telling us that life on earth is only temporal, and that we need to prepare before we depart this place. It’s like asking ourselves, why do we wait for us to die before we prepare to die? Let’s make use of this time, of this blessing, to reflect.
Pastor Peter encourages us to exercise these things.
- Count your blessings.
- Thank your parents and your children.
- Think of good things to say to someone.
Be intentional. The command “Do not grumble” is very crucial – it’s life changing. Try to be different. Be full of peace, of joy, and above all, be grateful and not grumbling.
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Cha of Little Misadvencha is a Filipino Civil Engineer, researcher and a fur mom. She came from General Santos City and finds that everything in life teaches her a lesson. She is inspired to write about and out of her experiences, but later found out that it was her experiences that actually inspire her.