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What Does The Bible Say About Complaining?

What Does the Bible Say About Complaining?

The dictionary definition of the word “Complain” means to express dissatisfaction or annoyance about something.

What Does the Bible Say About Complaining?

The Bible speaks against complaining in many verses, including Philippians 2:14 and Numbers 11:1-4. Complaining is dangerous for Christians because it can lead to discouragement, dissatisfaction, and a negative attitude. Additionally, when we complain, we are not giving thanks to God for all the good things He has done for us, and not centering our attention and affection on Him. When we are not in a state of praise to the Lord and instead in a state of dissatisfaction, it can slowly lead us into a downward spiral of sin. I’m certain that most people have complained at one time or another. Thankfully God is merciful, always giving us a chance to change our perspective. 

Scriptures that Speak About Complaining:

James 5:9 ESV

Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.”

Philippians 2:14-15 ESV

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”

Numbers 11:1-4 ESV

And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp. Then the people cried out to Moses, and Moses prayed to the Lord, and the fire died down. So, the name of that place was called Taberah because the fire of the Lord burned among them. Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat!” Taberah means burning. The children of Israel were punished for complaining. Which is the subject for another teaching. 

The Bible warns of all the negative outcomes that proceed with an ungrateful heart. 

What Does the Bible Say About Complaining?

Jude 1:16, “These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.” NLT 

The Greek word for complaining in Jude 1:16 is strong’s g3202 μεμψίμοιος (mempsimoiros). This word is derived from the verb μέμψις (mémpsis), which means “to find fault with, to blame.” The word μεμψίμοιος (mempsimoiros) is used only once in the New Testament, in Jude 1:16. The word μεμψίμοιος (mempsimoiros) describes someone who is always finding fault, who is always complaining. This person is never satisfied and is always looking for something to complain about. This word describes someone who is critical and negative, blaming their life’s situation on everything and everyone. The definition is: complaining about one’s lot. The usage is: blaming one’s lot, being discontented, or complaining about it.  

Do you know someone who is always complaining? Maybe they complain about their job, their spouse, their kids, and their life in general. Or maybe they are always bragging about how great they are. They may try to make themselves look good by putting others down. These are the types of people Jude is talking about in this verse. He calls them grumblers, malcontents, and boasters. They are always dissatisfied and trying to make themselves look better than others. Jude says they are following their evil desires. This is because they are not content with what they have. They are always looking for more and they will use whatever means necessary to get it. The best way to deal with these types of people is to avoid them. Don’t engage in their complaining or their bragging. Just walk away and don’t give them the satisfaction of getting to you. If you know that in your heart you are always complaining and/or bragging about yourself, please repent of this sin. Jesus will help you overcome. 

What Does the Bible Say About Complaining? 

Philippians 2:14-16 “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish amid a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”

The Bible says to do all things without grumbling, complaining, and arguing. 

Christians are called to imitate Christ’s humility, and that means doing everything without grumbling or complaining. We are to be thankful for what we have, and not focus on what we don’t have. When we complain, we are not imitating Christ’s humility. Instead, we are acting like the world, which is always looking for something to complain about. If you find yourself complaining often, ask God to help you change your attitude. Thank God for all the good things in your life and focus on those things. Don’t let the world’s negativity influence you. Be thankful and imitate Christ’s humility.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul is urging believers to live lives that are above reproach. He tells them to do everything without grumbling or complaining, so that they may be blameless and innocent. He also urges them to hold on to the word of life, so that their lives may shine as lights amid a crooked and perverse generation. 

The word “grumbling” in this passage is the Greek word referenced as Strong’s G1112, which means “to murmur, complain, or grumble.” It is derived from two words: one which means “to grunt or snarl,” and another, which means “disdain or complaint.” You can almost hear the tone of this complaint. 

This word is used only 4 times in the New Testament. The word is also found in John 7:12, Acts 6:1, and 1 Peter 4:9. Paul is urging the believers in Philippi to live lives that are beyond reproach. He tells them to do everything without grumbling or complaining, so that they may be blameless and innocent. He also urges them to hold on to the Word of Life, so that their lives may shine as lights amid a crooked and perverse generation.

What does the Bible say about complaining? A look into Pauls life: Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians while he was in prison. He was imprisoned for preaching the gospel. Paul is encouraging the church to live in harmony with one another. He tells them to look to Jesus as their example and to follow his example of humility. He also tells them to think about others and not just themselves. This letter was written at a time when Christians were being persecuted. Paul was encouraging the church to stand firm in its faith and not give up. He was also encouraging them to love one another and to be unified.

Why We Should Fight Complaining and Ungratefulness in Our Hearts and Attitudes:

In order to do everything without grumbling or arguing, we must first understand why we are to do so. We are to be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish amid a crooked and perverse generation. If we do this, we will shine like stars and be a light to the world. The reason we are to be blameless, and innocent is that we are children of God. We are His representatives on earth, and as such, we must reflect His character. God’s grace through the blood of Jesus helps us to do this. We can’t do it in our own strength, but we can repent of complaining and put best practices into action. 

We cannot do this if we are constantly grumbling and arguing. When we grumble and argue, we are not reflecting the character of God. We are instead reflecting the character of the world. The world is full of people who are always looking for something to complain about. They are never satisfied with what they have, and they are always looking for ways to start arguments. This is not the way that we are supposed to be. We are supposed to be different. God calls us to be content. 

What Does the Bible say About Complaining: How to Overcome Complaining – 

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul tells us how to overcome complaining. He tells us to think about certain things. If we meditate, ponder, and consider these things it will lead to victory over complaining. Are you ready for the list? Here it is:

Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things. As for the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Now how can we combat complaining? Another best way to go to war with complaining is to rejoice! Rejoicing in the Lord and expressing your gratefulness for the life you have been given is the best way to combat your unappreciative heart. The Bible has a lot to say about being grateful. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, it says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” This verse tells us that we should always be rejoicing, even in tough circumstances, because it is God’s will for us. 

Philippians 4:4-7, says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This verse tells us that we should let our joy be known to everyone, and not worry about anything, but instead give thanks to God for all that we have.

Here are some Bible verses to help encourage your spirit in rejoicing and thankfulness:

proverbs 17:22 “A joyful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” 

1 Timothy 2:1-2 “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” 

1 Timothy 4:4-5 “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.” 

Practical Wisdom About Complaining. 

Negative Health Effects of Complaining:

When someone complains, they are usually focused on the negative aspects of a situation. This can lead to them feeling more stressed and anxious, which can harm their physical health. Complaining can also lead to social isolation, as people may avoid those who are constantly negative. Chronic stress can lead to some health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It can also weaken the immune system, making someone more susceptible to colds and other illnesses. 

Anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as chest pain, rapid heartbeat, sweating, and difficulty breathing. It can also lead to mental health problems such as depression, insomnia, and difficulty concentrating. Those who complain often may find that their relationships suffer as a result. People may be less likely to spend time with someone who is always negative, and this can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. 

In summary, complaining can have several negative health effects, both physical and mental. It is important to be aware of these potential risks so that you can take steps to avoid them. If you find that you are complaining more than you would like, there are some things you can do to help change this habit. Try to focus on Jesus and what the Bible says to focus on. 

Health Benefits of Gratefulness:

On the other hand, the Bible tells us in Proverbs that a joyful heart is good medicine, so we know that we can directly put a stop to complaining in our life by beginning to practice gratitude. We must learn to praise God for who he is and be thankful for the life that he has blessed us with no matter the circumstance. It is well documented that people who have a joyful heart, are grateful, and give praise to God are healthier than those who do not. Joyful people tend to have lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, and less stress. They also tend to live longer and have a better quality of life, get better sleep, and have better mental health. Today.com reports, “It can lower blood pressure, improve immune function and facilitate more efficient sleep.” One recent study from the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine found that people who were more grateful actually had better heart health, specifically less inflammation and healthier heart rhythms.” 

There are many reasons why being grateful is good for your health. One reason is that it helps to reduce stress. Stress is a major contributor to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and anxiety. When you are giving praise to God, you are less likely to be stressed, especially as you turn your focus from your problems and stressors and place your focus on Jesus. 

When you are stressed, your immune system is weaker. However, when you are joyful, grateful, and giving praise to God, stress is managed better. This means that you are less likely to get sick. In addition, being joyful is good for your mental health. People who are joyful, grateful, and give praise to God tend to have a positive outlook on life. This positive outlook can lead to better mental health. 

Parting Words:

The Bible warns us against complaining, while also describing how important it is to be grateful. We must give our praises to the Lord through all things and circumstances. The Bible tells us how “a joyful heart is like good medicine, while a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22. I encourage you to try and make an attitude of gratitude a habit in your life. Start every morning by praising God for all that he has done for you. When we focus our thoughts on all that God has done for us, we can also be more in tune with what God wants to do THROUGH us and all the plans that he has for our lives. On the other hand, if all we do is focus on the negative then we will be blinded by our thoughts and our eyes won’t see things the way Jesus would. We will not be in tune with his plan.

Because of the finished work that Jesus did on the cross believers have so much to be grateful for. God’s redemptive work through the blood of Jesus makes it possible for us to be at peace in a right relationship with God. Faith in Jesus is the way to overcome complaining and get a new start. 

If you are not a believer in Jesus, or you believe but are not living the way you should, I encourage you to repent and follow Jesus with all your heart! He is the one who makes all things new. 

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