so what are the results of not complaining?
philippians 2.14-15 (niv), do everything without complaining or arguing... and then he gives us three results. so that you may become blameless... this means that when you don’t complain, nobody can find fault with you. nobody can point a finger at you.
... and pure... the greek word here means “having integrity”. non complainers are people of integrity.
children of GOD without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.
our culture is so negative. when you find a person who is genuinely positive they stick out like a sore thumb. the contrast is obvious. they shine like a star in the middle of a dark night.
it is so different to be positive in this world, to not be a complainer, not be critical, not be a put-down person, that when you become that in your own life, you will shine like a star.
the point of the passage is paul is saying that CHRISTians are to react differently to the circumstances in life. a complaining CHRISTian is a bad witness. a positive attitude is a great witness; it has impact.
how do you make an impact in the world so that the world takes notice? check your attitude. be positive in a negative world.
what kind of influence would you have at work if you would quit gripping and complaining like everybody else? teens, what would have with your friends at school that you would quit griping and complaining like they do? listen you would show to those around you that being a CHRIST follower means you beat to a different drummer. that CHRIST makes you positive in a negative world.
just a thought from the front porch…