Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world...
There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One Who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?
Too often in the past, I played two roles:
1) A semi-professional complainer; 2) An unlicensed prosecutor and judge.
In role #1, I achieved success, as merchants gave me perks of appeasement. But I lost happiness and peace of mind. Ill-gotten gains lose their luster quickly.
In role #2, I achieved nothing, except a reputation of toughness. But I lost friends and family support. Who wants to be a courtroom defendant?
Here's the thing: While complaint, accusation and judgment are overwhelmingly common today, God calls His people to be uncommon.
By His Word, we're supposed to know better. Even more, we're supposed to show better. Because Good News from a mean mouth won't work.
'With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be' (James 3:9-10, NIV).
Here's another thing: If judgement and complaint are demonic, if Satan is mankind's prosecutor, then I was working for the dead-wrong team. So too Christians who frown instead of smile.
## Gotcha's Demons: Judgment & Complaint (Part 29)*
* Previous Devotions:
* Who Didn't Get There?
* Complaining (16-part series):
* Judgment (40-part series):
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.