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Philippians 2:14  "Do all things without murmurings and disputings:"

According to the dictionary, to murmur is to speak discontenedly in a low indistinct tone; to grumble; or to complain. When we harbour a spirit of discontentment, dissatisfaction or fretfulness, we are not only doing so against the person or the situation, but ultimately against God.  Can you imagine grumbling against God?  Sadly, we do. We complain about the weather; we grumble about the heavy traffic;  we fuss about waiting in long lines to do business; we protest about the conditions of our jobs;  we fret about being asked to do a task and question why someone else could not have done it. We even gripe about the lack of variety in our meals. In essence, everyday we can find something to grumble about.

Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for good, to them that love God; and are the called according to His purpose. Having a practical understanding of this verse helps us to sign on to God's plan, and to appreciate and accept that God is in control of every aspect of our lives. Therefore, we must stop grumbling and start praying. As a result, we would develop a spirit of thankfulness and gratitude.  We must thank God whether the rain falls or the sun shines. If the traffic is heavy, ask God for an alternate route, or leave home earlier. If our job conditions are unsatisfactory, ask God for solutions. When given a task to perform, ask God for the skills to accomplish it. If our meals lack variety, ask God to bless them and help us to be creative cooks.

The verse of focus concludes with the fact that we must do everything without dispute. To dispute is to quarrel; to fight about; or to engage in an argument. Some disputes can be small, and therefore are easily solved. Others can be tumultuous and violent that can lead to dangerous outcomes. God’s Word advises us to avoid disputings and follow His leading.  He is the Great problem-solver. It is God's desire for us to enjoy life to its fullest. Therefore, "Do all things without murmurings and disputings:"  When we follow such admonition, we become recipients of the copious blessings that God has in store for us.

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