I woke up convicted this morning. Realizing how unholy we live, and we think it is okay! It's NOT okay!
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1: 13-16 NIV
Yes, I know that was written so many years ago ~ but guess what?! It still applies to us!
There is something big about living a Holy life. It is not what you think of when you think of our day to day society. The sin that I am talking about is complaining. Yes, I consider it a sin. For many reasons!
1. When you complain, you out right tell God that you are not happy with what HE is doing in your life.
Before you go yelling at me telling me how hard your life is, please listen and hear me out first. We all have trials! I know. BUT.... sometimes those trials are to grow us and stretch us in a way that we completely rely on God to get us through that point. God wants to be our God, he has commanded that we have no other gods place before Him. When you sit there complaining, you are simply saying "God your not doing a good enough job and I think I could do it better because (fill in blank) would not be happening to me right now."
2. You are not speaking with a Holy nature.
We are created to worship God, for all of His glory! When you complain just once, you are not worshiping! Life isn't going to be picture perfect, so get that idea out of your head! (Actually if your living with that thought, it is most likely an idol in your life!) In fact, whatever you are complaining about, it is most likely because it doesn't line up with what YOU want, think, or imagine to be true. It is easy to create an idol to worship in our lives, and not realize what we are doing, especially if we are not living a life of holiness.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 1 Timothy 6: 6-8
Now, I challenge you! I challenge you to sit down, and each time you complain ~ write it down! Do it for a whole day even. I can guarantee, unless you are truly watching your words, you will have a list a mile long by lunch.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. Proverbs 18:21
Take that list, and begin to turn it around. Start counting your blessings from EVERY one of those complaints! Start praising God during those situations! And before you ever let one more complaint to roll off your tongue remind yourself that it is not Holy, and we have been called to live in HOLINESS!
I can't wait to hear your stories, of how much things have turned around in the situations you once complained about! I too will be taking on this challenge! I will have a notebook with me, and if that is what it takes for me to be held accountable of my mouth then I will keep it with me for the rest of my days. But I am convinced through conviction (NOT condemnation) that I have been walking out of humility ~ and my complaining is proof.