Nov. 9, 2020

What Does Philippians 2:14 Mean?

What Does Philippians 2:14 Mean?

Philippians 2:14 (NIV): Do everything without grumbling or arguing

Today's verse is one that sounds great on paper, but it's really challenging to put into action. For many of us, this might be one command that we want to sweep under the rug in light of today's circumstances.

But, just hear Paul out and see what he's really saying. Listen to the 2-minute teaching to hear the context and original Greek language, and then let the Holy Spirit work with you on it. 

Listen now!


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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.

In today’s verse, Paul continues his idea of working out our salvation by addressing an area that hits home for a lot of us today. In Philippians 2:14, Paul says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.”

Paul has been exhorting us to live in unity with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We will learn in chapter four that 2 prominent women in the church at Philippi have caused disunity to invade the church. And Paul knows that a divided church will fall. So, he tells us to do everything without grumbling or arguing. 

The word “everything” in this verse is emphasized in the original Greek language. In other words, you can’t pick and choose what to grumble or argue about. Paul says in ALL things stop grumbling. Stop arguing. 

The original Greek word for grumbling actually sounds like what it means. It’s the idea of grumbling or murmuring emotionally in a low tone of voice. It means “secret displeasure.” You have these thoughts that just run in your mind as you disagree with someone’s viewpoint or actions. Now, I believe we can safely assume Paul is addressing our thoughts about other Christians here in this passage because the whole discussion has been about the danger of disunity, but this idea could also apply to your thoughts towards God. You know. It’s like in your mind, “God, this stinks. Why are you allowing this to happen?” 

So, your Simple Truth for today: As a believer in Christ, choose to resist the temptation to murmur and complain. In fact, as we start this week, what if we made the decision to not complain about anything today? And then try again tomorrow. And then again. And again. When we come to Friday, just imagine how different your world will look IF today you make the decision to choose joy instead? 

Have a blessed and joyful day. I’ll see you soon.