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The first post in this devotional series covering the book of Philippians is Those Boring Openings.
One of the more disliked verses in the Bible might be “Do all things without grumbling or disputing.” (Philippians 2:14) Why do I say that? Because we in the Church tend to complain about every little thing that we don’t agree with.
- The sermons are too long.
- The sermons are too short.
- There aren’t enough hymns.
- There isn’t enough praise and worship songs.
You get the idea.
The Greek is interesting here. The first word is goggusmos, which means background murmuring or muttering. In other words, complained out of earshot of the person or people we’re complaining about. The second word is similar, dialogismos. This one is where we get the word dialog, but the sentence implies arguing to oneself. In other words, questioning the goings-on (of the Church) in the background.
Folks, if we have a complaint, we should bring it to the ones who are doing whatever we’re upset about. We should NOT foment dissent in the background or even in our own hearts. This verse hits close to home, at least for me.
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