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“Conquering Complaining” Philippians 2:14-15 02/08/2009 Dr. Dane Boyles. “Conquering Complaining”. Introduction Bad news makes the headlines. We are bombarded continuously with what’s wrong with everything. “Conquering Complaining”. Complaining is a kill-joy.

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conquering complaining
“Conquering Complaining”

Introduction

  • Bad news makes the headlines.
  • We are bombarded continuously with what’s wrong with everything.
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  • Complaining is a kill-joy.
  • By our own nature and by our conditioning we tend to develop the habit of complaining.
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  • 14“Do everything without complaining or arguing,
  • 15 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.” (Phil 2:14-15)
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  • THREE COMMON TYPES OF COMPLAINERS

1. The “Whiner”

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  • 11“They took their money and started grumbling against the employer…
  • 12 ‘We put up with a whole day’s work in the hot sun – yet you paid them the same as you paid us.’” (Matthew 20:11-12)
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  • Their favorite phrases:

“It’s not fair. I don’t deserve this. Everybody else gets all the breaks.”

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2. The “Martyr”

  • Their favorite phrase:

“No one appreciates me.”

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“Moses asked 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 now – it will be a kindness! Let me out of this impossible situation!’” (Numbers 11:11-15)

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3. The “Perfectionist”

  • Nothing is ever right for this person.
  • Their favorite phrase:

“Is that the best you can do?”

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  • 19“Better to live in a desert than with a nagging, complaining wife.” (Proverbs 21:19)
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  • HOW DO YOU CONQUER COMPLAINING?
        • 14Do everything without complaining and arguing. (Phil 2:14)
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1. ADMIT IT IS A PROBLEM

  • 13He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. (Proverbs 28:13)
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  • The most difficult part in learning how to handle complaining is recognizing it in yourself.
  • Complaining isn’t just a bad habit; it’s a sin.
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2. ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN LIFE

  • Many times complaining is just an attempt to blame other people for the problems I’ve created.
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  • 3 “Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid mistakes and then blame the Lord.” (Proverbs 19:3)
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  • When I bring problems into my life, I have no legitimate right to complain.
  • You are free to choose what you want to do in life.
  • But once you have made the choice, you are no longer free.
  • Whatever you want in life, you’ve got to give it out.
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  • But once you have made the choice, you are no longer free.
  • Whatever you want in life, you’ve got to give it out.
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  • If you want friends, you’ve got to be friendly.
  • If you want appreciation at home, you’ve got to give appreciation.
  • If you want to be put first in your marriage, you need to put your partner first in your marriage.
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3. DEVELOP THE ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

      • 18“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18)
  • It does not say “for all circumstances”.
  • I develop the attitude of gratitude and I learn to be grateful for what I have.
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  • It does not say “for all circumstances”.
  • I develop the attitude of gratitude and I learn to be grateful for what I have.
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4. LOOK FOR GOD’S HAND IN CIRCUMSTANCES

  • If you want to get victory over complaining, look for God’s hand in your circumstances.
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  • 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
  • 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
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  • We are told over and over again in the Bible not to complain because complaining is, in essence, rebellion against God.
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5. PRACTICE SPEAKING POSITIVELY

  • Complaining is a habit.
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  • 29Do 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.” (Ephesians 4:29)
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  • The Bible says we’re going to give an account for every idle word.
  • This is a crucial factor in parenting.
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  • What are the results of not complaining?

1. “so that you may become blameless…”

2. “…and pure…”

3. “children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe.”

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Conclusion

  • When you find a person who is genuinely positive, they stick out like a sore thumb in our negative culture.
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  • The point of the passage is Paul is saying that Christians are to react differently to the circumstances in life.
  • A complaining Christian is a bad witness.