God hates complaining! It displays a lack of appreciation for what you have and reveals what is at the center of your heart, self. Many of us can answer the basic questions of life; What will we eat? Where will we sleep? What will we put on our backs? Yet the urge to complain still persists.
Complaining releases negative energy that attracts the unwanted. It’s like fire, it consumes you thoughts. So the more you complain the more you have to complain about. At the heart of most complaints there is a much deeper issue, a lack of contentment.
There are a number of causes for discontentment. On a surface level it is usually generated by circumstances. It could be you were the recipient of broken promises or deception. We live in a vain society. Many people find their value and identity in their possessions. Subsequently, when they don’t have certain things they feel bad.
I have found that this surface level of discontentment is birthed by way of comparison. Through media advertisement or personal observation, the enemy sets the stage for you to compare your possessions with the possessions of others. When we don’t measure up, we focus on what we don’t have which lead us to try to keep up with The Jones, or become discontent in our heart.
On a deeper level, discontent comes from a lack of peace within. Inner peace requires no external stimulus for contentment. The Word of God tells us “Let you conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have, For He Himself has said I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
The true source of our contentment is found on the inside. It is based on our relationship with God. Knowing that God is there and He hears you when you call gives us peace. This makes contentment an inside job and nothing external should be allowed to take that away.
One of the best way to combat feelings of discontentment and the urge to complain is through appreciation. Focus on what God has already done for you. Have an attitude of gratitude. The best way to develop this is to make a gratitude list.
Write down ten things that you have in your life that you may be taking for granted. Ten things that without which, your life would be much more difficult. For example; running hot water, a stove to cook food, family and other loved ones, and don’t forget your relationship with a living and loving God.
The language of appreciation is thanks giving, so read the list out loud and after each item on the list say “Thank You God.” If you reference this list often you will attract to yourself more things to be grateful about. More importantly, you won’t complain.
I am Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ