Do this and your church won’t grow – complain about everything in church! Yes, complain about the parking situation, complain about the people from the earlier service not getting out earlier, complain about the service quality of those who serve on Sundays, complain about the sermons, the youth leaders, the children’s leaders, etc. If every member in your church keeps complaining about anything and everything, your church won’t grow, neither will you. Paul instructed the Philippian Christians in Phil.2:14-16, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.” Instead, “encourage one another and build each other up” (1Thess.5:11). Had a friend who used to complain about people in church, criticizing some but at the same time extoling others – the ones who had power, wealth and influence. It wasn’t long before he messed things up both for the church and for himself. He did this from one church to another too and that just didn’t help! Unless people like that change, they won’t be of much good in God’s Kingdom and work. But does this mean we cannot give constructive feedback? Of course not, constructive feedback is always good when it is given out of a heart that truly cares for not only the church but for the people we give feedback about. It has to be given for the purpose of building up and not tearing down. It should be given when you are very reluctant to do so. Problem with many people is that they give “constructive” feedback so readily and happily that it becomes completely destructive. As we walk with the Lord today, may we all draw close to the Lord, know His heart and love for people, that we may love people likewise. May we never be a complainer, instead be an encourager with God’s help. Have a great day!
Today’s Bible Text: 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. (Phil.2:14-16)
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