SCRIPTURE: 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. (Phi. 2:14-15 NIV)
OBSERVATION: A huge part of becoming blameless and pure is our attitude towards others. We are to rid ourselves of grumbling (complaining) and arguing. Other Scriptures instruct us to “live at peace with everyone” (Rom. 12:18, Heb. 12:14). Paul goes on to say that if we put an end to grumbling and arguing, then we can shine our light to the world around us.
APPLICATION: The world around us is filled with complaining and arguing. Sinful judgment abounds. How would I stand out if I refuse to participate with the grumbling spirit? May it be so! I choose instead to live from thankfulness and love. I choose to be blameless and pure – different from the world – holy! I choose to shine the light of Christ!
PRAYER: Thank you Heavenly Father for the power of your Spirit within me to help me change my attitude. Forgive me for my ungrateful griping. I choose today to be different. Show me your way and truth about this daily, and help me to live at peace with all other people. Shine your light!