~Philippians 2:14-15 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Can you imagine what your life would be like if everyone followed these verses? The world laughs at Christians today because it sees them bickering, fighting amongst themselves, backbiting. What difference is there between you and the world, then, teen girl? Others do not see a light – they see your fruits of darkness. That should not be so.
Instead, you should be doing everything without murmurings and disputings so this evil world could see the light of Christ shining through you. Your lost friends at school may never open a Bible but they can see Christ through you if you do not follow their footsteps and argue about everything.
What exactly are murmurings and disputings? Today’s understanding would be grumblings and arguments. How many times have you done something for your parents and they did not recognize you for it? Did you grumble about it? Did it matter to you? How many times have you argued with them because you did not agree with their opinion? One grumble or argument isn’t much. But what happens is that “one” sets the heart into that mode and then grumbling and arguing become easier. It then becomes a way of life… it becomes a habit. At that point, you argue with your parents for the sake of arguing. Hopefully, your parents have punished you for doing so. But if your parents aren’t saved, then God needs to do the teaching and punishing.
The saved teen girl who is guilty of this is not growing in the Spirit. The spirit-filled teen girl is allowing the Holy Spirit to access her life and control it. The Holy Spirit would not be the author of grumbling and arguing. How can you get out of this mode and into a spiritual mode once again? Prayer and Bible reading! If you are praying for others, praying for the Church, praying that you can be the light of the world, praying for salvation of your lost friends and family, you are not busy grumbling and arguing. Prayer changes our hearts and puts you in an attitude of gratitude. A grateful heart does not grumble or argue… they do not go hand in hand.
If you are guilty of this sin, teen girl, ask your parents’ forgiveness and strive to yield yourself to the Holy Spirit’s guidance 🙂
“Ten minutes praying is better than a year’s murmuring.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon