Having a Heart that Doesn't Complain

By Rick Bayer, June 08, 2021

Philippians 2:14-18

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

How to Overcome Complaining

1. you have a problem

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13 NIV

2. Stop

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Galatians 6:7 NIV

3. your heart to the transformation that God wants to do

What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45 NLT

The Result of a Life of Non-Complaining (v. 15-16)

You will become “blameless and pure” v. 15a

You will be a “child of God without fault” v. 15b

You will “shine like a star” v. 15c

No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:15-16 NLT

You will hold firmly to the “word of life” v. 16a

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. John 6:68 NIV

Your life will not be “labour in vain” v. 16b

How do we have a heart that doesn't complain? v. 17-18

We rejoice in our

Questions for personal study and/or Discipleship Group:


  • What have you been complaining about recently?

Go to the Source:

  • Read Philippians 2:14-18
  • What word or phrase is God impressing upon you from this passage?
  • What does it look like for you to “shine like a star”?

Live it out:

  • Do you need to fast from complaining? How can your group help?
  • What is missing in your heart that prompts you to complain? Ask God to fill it with Himself and His goodness.