Timeless truths from Philippians 2:15.
Why not? What is our motivation for not “grumbling” as commanded in verse 14? Obviously, we want to honor and obey the Lord Jesus, show a grateful heart, and be content with which God has given us. But Paul offers a very strong motivation in verse 15.
When we avoid grumbling and disputing, we prove ourselves to be the “children of God.” We demonstrate that God has radically changed us! Certainly we would agree that we live in “the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.” That is all the more reason for us to prove the power of God in our lives.
Grumbling and disputing not only cast doubt on the power of God to change the heart, it brings a reproach on us. The only way to be “above reproach” is to avoid the wagging of the tongue!
May we discipline ourselves and rely on the grace of Christ Jesus to avoid the sin of strife and the carnality of complaining. May we shine bright as innocent children of God. May our lives demonstrate the power of God.
“so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,” Philippians 2:15 NASB