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But If I Don't Complain . . .
by Jenny on June 29th, 2015

"The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated?" 1 Corinthians 6:7

Sometimes I have trouble controlling my tongue. No, really. I like to talk, what can I say? The problem is sometimes I say too much. I can recall many times from the past when the very person whom I had chosen to speak against would inevitably walk by within hearing range. One would think I would have mastered control over my tongue by now.


Just today I felt the need to share with someone something that had displeased me. A few moments later, my phone rang. It was my mom. Perfect! I happily assumed God had providentially provided me a shoulder on which to unload. I figured, what's the harm, right? Afterall, it's just my mom, right? A mom is a confidant, someone in whom you can confide your deepest, ugliest thoughts . . . right?


After several minutes (like, um, ten?) of unloading things from my hard ol' heart I realized that my mom was in her car . . . talking on speaker phone . . . with my niece and nephew in the backseat.

My conversation with my mom was not vile. But I am certain I wasn't makin' Jesus very proud either. My mom IS one of my greatest supporters. But that still does not give me the right to violate Philippians 2:14, which says to do everything without arguing or complaining.

I feel an overwhelming urge to complain when things fail to go my way. If I don't complain, how will anyone know when I'm wronged?

No sooner did that thought leave my brain than the sweet Spirit of God brought to the forefront of my mind 1 Corinthians 6:7, "Why not rather be wronged?"

Oh. Maybe that's what Jesus meant about turning the other cheek, and being humble, and all of that other hard stuff.

James 3:5-6 says, "The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire."

I can do big things for God, like leave my family behind for three weeks to teach Bible study in the Congo. It's the small things, like refraining from complaining, that get me every time.

I apologized to my Father, my mother, my sister and my niece and nephew.

Now I think I'll seek after a bit of Living Water in attempt to cool this flaming tongue of mine.

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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