Arrogance and self righteousness permeate just about every Christian debate you hear on YouTube. This bad spirit is the cause of most divisions in Christianity. We teach that the rapture will happen after the Great Tribulation, but we can still learn from others who believe differently. Our emphasis on listening should include learning how to listen to people who disagree with us, and, above all, how to respect others.
It’s a very serious offence to murmur against God! God hates murmuring almost more than any other sin–complaining, grumbling, grouching! We all do it! We’re all guilty! So we all have to encourage each other! When one stumbles the other will lift him up!
Murmuring is the voice of doubt, and doubts are the manifestation of a lack of faith. When you start losing faith by not being in the Word and in the Spirit, then you lose the vision, because you aren’t in close enough touch with the Lord to have any vision or direction, and you begin to doubt! And if you doubt, pretty soon you voice it. Eventually they’re going to come out of your mouth. “Out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Lk.6:45)–And that’s when you begin to get others down too!
So let’s carry the burden of our responsibilities bravely, courageously, cheerfully and thankfully, and not be heard to grumble, groan or gripe! We just need to get our minds on our blessings, and be thankful for all God’s goodness! When we’ve thanked God for every blessing, what time is there left for murmurs or laments?