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Studies show that repeated complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. So shut your big fat mouth!

Key Points:

  • Complaining puts your focus in the wrong place. Exodus 14:11-12, Exodus 16:8
  • If you can do something, stop complaining and just do it.
  • If you’re out of options, try changing your perspective. Philippians 2:17-18
  • Choose thankfulness and prove that God is worth following. Philippians 2:14-15, Psalm 103:2-5

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Philippians 2:14-15 Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

See Also: Attitude

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Small Group Questions
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What do you complain about most?
  3. Read Exodus16:8 and discuss how it would change your view of complaining if you knew God was the end recipient.
  4. Read Philippians 2:17-18. What do you think the writer, Paul, is trying to say here?
  5. Do you more often need to change your circumstance or your perspective?
  6. Read Philippians 1:12-13. How could you, like Paul, flip your perspective about the struggles you’re facing?
  7. What are some blessings you haven’t been grateful for lately? How can you regularly turn these blessings into gratitude toward God?
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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