Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
Complaining (Part 16, Conclusion)
Is Not Jesus
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His Mouth;
He was led as a Lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His Mouth.
Isaiah 53:7 (NKJV)
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.
Revelation 22:13 (NKJV)
When I get confused over Bible interpretations, denominational rules or Do's and Don'ts for Christians, I go back to Jesus. Because He is God's true and perfect Word on every subject. He fulfilled God's first Laws and established a New Covenant. Even so, His Gospels are challenging to read, and His ministry is a tough act to follow.
In the case of God versus earth's grumbling believers, the people lose big. He rules against the complainants.
Because Jesus didn't complain. No Man ever lived Who had such a righteous cause. No man ever died Who had such an unjust death.
So consider this bottom line: Public complaining will get us no place with God. It won't help newcomers in Hollywood either.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity' (Colossians 3:12-14).
Complaint closed. Jesus opened.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Complaining series.