You may have heard the expression "I'm sick and tired of...". Often, it is associated with a situation or circumstance which may be stressful. Repeated stress without resolve my result in an accumulation of frustration which may be expressed as repeated “complaining” behavior. By its definition, to complain (verb) is to express a dissatisfaction or annoyance about something (circumstance, situation, status, object) or someone. To perceive or recognize (discern) an error in character, practice, or policy is not to be considered a fault. What may be a fault? How your or I handle the discernment. Responsibly or irresponsibly? What should you or I do with that discernment? Is it used innocently to identify a potential error or hazard to bring resolve or is it used as a prideful or arrogant deformation of someone's character or to esteem self? "No one like to spend time with a complainer, yet by some estimates the rate of complaints in American conversatio
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Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered, “If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient? But who can refrain from speaking? Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands. Your words have helped the tottering to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees. But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; It touches you, and you are dismayed. Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope? Job 4:1-6 NASB Value criticism born out of love. Job was weakened by the relentless attacks of the enemy, yet the words of a friend, sharp as they were, cut through to the truth. Recognize Jobs response; “Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing! Would that God were willing to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off! But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One. What is my strength, that I should wait?