In Jude 16 we find some interesting insight into some people's behaviour that does not please God.
It says: These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage.
That's an interesting list of qualities.
The word complainer is really two Greek words joined together. The first word means to blame and the second word means your fate or lot in life. The point is that complainers blame someone else for their lot in life. I find it amazing how someone can make wrong choices, and when they have to face the consequences of those choices, it is always somebody else's fault?
So, I have two pieces of advice for you on this.
- If you are a complainer and grumbler, stop. God is not honoured, and you are only showing that you are “walking according to your own lust,” not according to God’s Spirit.
- Stay away from people like that or you will end up being like them.
Proverbs 22:24-25 Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul.
Their attitudes and mindsets will bleed off on you. Did you ever throw a white shirt in the washing machine with red socks? What happened to your white shirt? It probably turned pink, didn’t it? The red dye bled over into the white shirt, and the white shirt was no longer white. It was now a colour of pink.
Likewise, if you hang around with people who grumble and complain, their attitudes will bleed over into your way of thinking. And the last thing you want to be is a grumbler and complainer like them.
Kenneth E Hagin used to say If you hang around with a dog long enough you end up getting fleas.
Think about that verse in Jude and meditate on these different versions for a while.
The Living Bible These men are constant gripers, never satisfied, doing whatever evil they feel like; they are loudmouthed “show-offs,” and when they show respect for others, it is only to get something from them in return.
Amplified Bible These are inveterate murmurers (grumblers) who complain [of their lot in life], going after their own desires [controlled by their passions]; their talk is boastful and arrogant, [and they claim to] admire men’s persons and pay people flattering compliments to gain advantage.
JB Phillips These are the men who complain and curse their fate while trying all the time to mould life according to their own desires. They “talk big” but will pay men great respect it if is to their own advantage.
The Message These are the grumpers, the bellyachers, grabbing for the biggest piece of the pie, talking big, saying anything they think will get them ahead.
Wow that says a lot, I'm sure you can think of some people like that where you are today. Pray for them.