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COMPLAINERS

"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
{Ephesians 4:29}

The great danger of the Church lies in those members that seem to look for reasons to complain, to be discontent, or to be ungrateful.  Complaining is actually quarrelling with God.  By complaining, we are saying that God has not treated us well and that we deserve better from Him.  Griping is a grievous offense against a gracious God.

What is the typical reaction when we encounter a friend, co-worker, or even Christian brother or sister that always seems to be grumbling about something?  Do we eventually become weary of their behavior, or get angry?  Consider what Scripture says regarding God's feelings about those who murmur and complain.

"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:"
{Matthew 15:18-19}


"Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?"
{Lamentations 3:39}


A dissatisfied spirit causes displeasure to the Lord.

Consider the Israelites attitude.

"And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp . . . And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?  We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:  But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes."
{Numbers 11:1, 4-6}


A dissatisfied spirit finds no pleasure in itself even when its wish is fulfilled.

Consider the end results to an abundance of food they were given in answer to ungracious prayers.

 "And say thou unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and ye shall eat flesh: for ye have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, Who shall give us flesh to eat? for it was well with us in Egypt: therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and ye shall eat. {19} Ye shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days; {20} But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that ye have despised the LORD which is among you, and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?"
{Numbers 11:18-20}

And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul."

{Psalms 106:15}

A dissatisfied spirit thinks it will find pleasure in things it doesn't have.

It prevents enjoyment of blessings God has already given us!  Consider Haman's attitude towards all of his prosperity when he focused solely on the single act of Mordecai's refusal to stand and tremble before him.

"And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.  Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king.   Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate."
{Esther 5:11-13}

A dissatisfied spirit shows that the mind needs to be regulated.

Grace will put desires or dissatisfactions in proper order.  Consider all that God has provided and be content.

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
{Hebrews 13:5}


"Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:"
{Proverbs 30:8}


"And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt."
{Matthew 26:39}


"My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?"
{Psalms 42:2}


"But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way."
{1 Corinthians 12:31}


Christians are to be examples to the world, and rejoice always.

"Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."
{Philippians 2:12}


"What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice."
{Philippians 1:18}


" For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.  Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.  For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me."
{Phil 2:13-18}