MAY 16, 2021

Philippians 2:14-15 – Do everything without complaining or
arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure children of
God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which
you shine like stars in the universe.
I. Four types of complainers:
1. The whiner: Wakes up negative.
Psalm 73:13 – (David) Have I been wasting my time? Why take all
the trouble to be pure? All I get out of it is trouble and woe.
Matt. 21:11-12 – They took their money and started grumbling
against the employer. We put up with a whole day’s work in the hot
sun, yet you paid them the same as you paid us.
2. The martyr: No one appreciates me.
Numbers 11:11 – Moses said to the Lord, why pick on me, to give me
the burden of a people like this? I can’t carry this nation by myself!
If you’re going to treat me like this, please kill me right not, it will
be a kindness! Let me out of this impossible situation.
3. The cynic: Nothing will ever change.
(Solomon) Eccl. 1:2-4, 9 – Life is useless, you spend your time
working and what do you have to show for it? The world stays just
the same, what has been done before will be done again.
4. The perfectionist: Is that the best you can do?
Prov. 27:15 – A nagging wife is like water going drip, drip, drip on a
rainy day.
Prov. 21:19 – Better to live out in the desert than with a nagging,
complaining wife.

II. How to conquer complaining:
1. Admit it’s a problem for you.
Prov. 28:13 – A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can
never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them,
he gets another chance.
2. Accept responsibility for our own life.
Prov. 19:3 – Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid
mistakes, and then blame the Lord.
3. Develop the attitude of gratitude.
Thess. 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is
God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
4:11 – I have learned to be content whatever the
4. Practice speaking positively.
Eph. 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of
your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up
according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Eph. 6:4 – Don’t keep on scolding and nagging your
children, making them angry and resentful, rather bring
them up with loving discipline and Godly advice.
Phil. 2:15

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