I have been talking to Jesus about my habit of complaining. I know that we are not to complain and why:
Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Phil 2:14-15
Bad habits are just that, habits. Things we do and say without thought. We accept them as part of who we are and excuse them as little lapses of good behavior. We are not to do what we know is wrong. If we are doing wrong we are to stop now. We cannot be bright lights if the lamp is dim and murky.
But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander,
and dirty language. Col 3:8
I understand that my complaining attitude is due in part to anger. The fact that I am often angry makes me…angry. When I complain my words are not honorable or kind or loving, they are indeed dirty. Still, I complain and often about the silliest unimportant things. Really I have nothing to complain about. My life is good and I am blessed beyond measure. Does that mean my life is perfect? Of course not, but it is good.
Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you.
Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. Eph 5:4
Jesus has a lot to say about my complaining. It is obscene and foolish and coarse and He has better things for me to do and it all starts with thankfulness.
Thank you, Jesus!
Do you have a bad habit that seems trivial? What does the Lord say about it?
Blessings this day of grace,