Friday, May 4, 2012

Compare, Complain, Criticize

How do we deal with the comparing, complaining and criticizing (CCC)?

First, ask God to let us know any and every time we compare, complain and/or criticize!  Much of the time we don’t even realize that we are doing it because it has become so “normal” for us.  Every time we CCC, let’s confess it is sin and repent!  Stop it!

Second, quit letting the comparing, complaining and criticizing control us.  We control what we think, do and say and we do NOT have to compare, complain or criticize!!  Philippians 4:8 tells us to think on things above!!  Things that are true and honorable and right and pure and admirable and excellent!!  Let’s think on those things instead of the things that cause us to CCC! 

Let any critical and/or negative thoughts go immediately!!  We must listen to the Holy Spirit say love does not keep a record of wrong and give mercy and focus on Me instead of all of those other people!!

Also, let’s hold each other accountable for our comparing, complaining and criticizing!  What if we would call each other out when we start doing it?  What if everyone in the Body of Christ would help each other stop destroying each other with our CCC-ing?  Can you imagine how the world would then know we are His disciples because of our love for one another?

One thing that helps me when I begin to fall in to the CCC trap is to be thankful.  I know they are getting on my nerves (and they for sure are in the wrong!!) but there is always something I can be thankful about those people who bug me!!  My attitude of gratitude has helped countless times!

We know the most important thing we can do is to make sure we are focusing on God instead of those other people!!  Focus on the One who loves us and desires for us to love Him first.  Honestly, when we are focusing on the people in our lives they can become our god—an idol.  We can’t please them.  Our job is not to change them.  Our job is to point them to Jesus and let Him do any changing or pleasing!!

Let it go sister!  Let it go and be free!  It’s not our job to ‘fix’ everyone or anyone.  It’s not our fault or our responsibility to make everyone “perfect”.  Let it go!

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