Bad Company

Jude described a crowd bound for judgment. Yet some of their characteristics are copied by those claiming they are headed for heaven.

These ungodly ones are called murmurers… complainers. So those who are given to griping and grumbling are in bad company. Pride and lust are given as some of their many sins. Note again that these serious sins are mentioned in the same verse as are murmuring and complaining.

Perhaps this study has helped you to realize how serious it is to complain… to grumble. You’re convicted about your sins in these “respectable” areas. What can you do?

First, you must confess these sins to the Lord: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). Don’t hold back. Be honest with the Lord. Name your sins… the complaining at home, at church, about your neighbors, about the weather, about the pastor.

After confessing your sins, accept the fact that they are forgiven. Don’t be troubled about them anymore and don’t trouble God about them. They are forgotten… buried.

Now, begin a regular devotional time that includes Bible reading and meditation on portions of the Bible. God’s Word is the Divine detergent. It cleans up a life: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word… Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:9,11).

Memorize Bible verses about joy and praise. You’re a child of the King. Stay in character. Praise the Lord!