Journal Entry ~ 05/07/18
31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. - Ephesians 4:31-32
While bitterness, wrath, and anger all stem from the same emotion of anger, clamor is a bit different. Clamor is an expression of dissatisfaction, but often in a loud or public manor. In other words, it’s complaining for everyone to hear.
We complain to others when we’re discontent, when something isn’t going as expected and we want a different outcome. Grumbling and complaining reveal our true heart -thanklessness. If we’re clamoring about our spouse or our bank account, about our boss or our neighbor, we’re not grateful and we’re certainly not content for where God has placed us. The sovereign God of the universe specifically chose every aspect of your life for you, as a way to grow you and transform you into His image. Complaining about any of it is like crying out I know better than God, if only He would follow my plan.
Complaining and clamor are sin. We complain because we forget God’s deliverance and His provision. The Creator of the universe rescued us and chose to give us another breath. Reflecting on this truth should bring us nothing more than an attitude of extreme gratitude and contentment for every aspect of our lives. In a world defined by its ability to complain, in a culture that teaches us it’s okay to whine about things that have gone wrong or do not live up to our expectations, it’s easy to fall into this trap. But it’s a slap in the face to the God we love. And it’s sin. When we realize we have been complaining, we need to immediately drop to our knees and beg forgiveness of our Father in heaven to be restored to a right relationship with Him.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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