"Do all things without complaining" (Phil. 2:14) has always been a slightly disturbing verse for me. It’s so finale. There is no wiggle room, no exception clause, no fine print. Is it even possible to live one day without speaking or thinking a single complaint? We live in such a fallen world and there are literally hundreds of thousands of things that we could complain about. In fact I believe it would be very difficult to go one day without complaining because a complaint can take on many different forms, from words, to sighs, to eye rolling, and facial expressions. Then there is, of course, our thoughts. How often have complaints popped into your head without you even realizing it was happening? But complaints do not really come from circumstances. They come from our hearts.
A complaining spirit finds its source in a selfish and prideful heart, which means we all will be fighting against this temptation for the rest of our lives or until Christ returns. There are some things that we can do to begin to have victory over this sin. Here are a few of them.
Pray More, Complain Less
Everyone should pray more. None of us practice "praying without ceasing" as we should (1 Thess. 5:16,18 ). But if we could get in the habit of running to God for every little thing in our lives our complaints would soon begin to diminish.