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Last week’s verse surely gave us direction for our speech. The Lord wants us to be building others up with our speech not tearing them down or causing them to stumble. I don’t know about you but I want to please the Lord and He’s given me one way right here to do that. As I meditated on this verse, I was reminded of two other verses. Both are prayers. And I need to start in prayer to walk in this command. I thought I’d share them with you before we move on to our focus for this week. The first is Psalm 19:14. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight,O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” And the second is Psalm 141:3. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” At the very least I need to write these verses alongside Ephesians 4:29 if not memorize them and make them a trio!
This week we turn to the book of Philippians. In Philippians 2, Paul is speaking about our relationship with others. We are to be humble like Christ who is our example. A bit further along, we find the verses we will focus on this week.
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” Philippians 2:14-15 (ESV)
The author of Hebrews says that “the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (4:12) Would you agree with me that this verse certainly fits that description. Ouch. Do ALL things without grumbling or disputing. Can you say that you do ALL things without grumbling or arguing as some versions read? I can’t but that is the goal, isn’t it? Do I do what God calls me to do without grumbling or arguing? Sadly, I’ve had to say no to that last question recently. You can read about serving others in this post from Sue’s Building Your Home series
I pray that this week, we all move a bit closer to the goal of doing all things without grumbling. When we do, we will be acting as the children of God that we are and we will shine as lights in this world.