Beyond the Gospels: Jude

Today’s Reading: Jude 1-16
(We’ll spend two days on this powerful little book. You might want to grab your Bible and a highlighter as we read this book.)

The last verse of our reading today caught my attention.

These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

Webster’s describes grumble as “to complain quietly about something.” Have you considered how often you complain? grumble? It is so easy to fall into the trap of negative thinking and words. Grumbling, complaining is a habit Believers should avoid. Jude’s words describe it as ungodly.

What about malcontent? A malcontent is a person who is always or often angry or upset about something. I’ve been there. It took the words of a special friend to reveal this side of me. I took a good, long look at myself and realized she was right. I was easily angered about situations and circumstances in my life, and I often shared it with others. 

Grumbling, complaining, being upset all the time does not build up His Kingdom in us or in others. Consider you words today… the times you get angry. Are you a grumbler? malcontent? Ask God to transform your complaining into praise… you anger into joy.

Oh Lord, reveal and remove my sinful desires!
Open my own ears to my grumbling and self-righteous anger.
Bring my desires in line with Yours. Teach me to be a Kingdom builder.

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