“Complain” is to express selfish discontent.
“Murmur” is a half-suppressed or low-voiced complaint.
“Grumble” is to mutter (indistinct or low-voiced) self-centered discontent.
Phil. 2:12-15 How are we to do all things (i.e., all the dictates of God’s will – Phil. 2:5, 8, 13)?
When God (through His Word or a spiritual authority over you teaching God’s Word accurately) tells you to do something that you don’t like, do you rebel with discontented, under-toned expressions/words toward what you’re told to do, and why?
If so, what will it take to change this sinful attitude (e.g., Eph. 5:18; Gal. 5:22; 1 Jn. 5:3)?
What are some commands of God that a lot of Christians grumble at (e.g., Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Thes. 5:11; Heb. 13:17; Phil. 2:2-4; Rom. 13:1)?
1 Pet. 4:9 How are we to be hospitable to one another?
Do you ever complain about having people over for lunch/dinner or their spending the night in your home when they need lodging, and why?
And if so, what’s the solution (1 Cor. 16:14)?
Lk. 15:1-2, 10; 5:27-32
What were the Pharisees and scribes grumbling about regarding Christ (Lk. 15:2)?
Have religious people (including carnal Christians) ever grumbled about your associating with non-Christians, even though your reason for doing so was to evangelize them?
If so, when?
[Jesus associated with non-believers for the purpose of seeking and saving the spiritually lost, Lk. 19:10. However, He controlled the conversation and the setting.].
Jn. 6:40-43 What were the Jews grumbling about (Jn. 6:41)?
What did Jesus tell them to do (Jn. 6:43)?
Have people ever grumbled about a spiritual truth, teaching, or statement that you made because they didn’t believe it or like it?
If so, what was it?
Jn. 6:35, 51, 54, 60-61 Who grumbled, and at what?
What was Jesus’ response to this (Jn. 6:61, 63)?
[“spirit” – the breath of God].
[“life” – eternal life-giving if believed].
Do you ever grumble about anything that Jesus or God says in the Bible, such as in Lk. 14:26, 33; 1 Pet. 1:15; 2 Cor. 5:15?
If so, why?
Jas. 5:8-9 What are Christians not to do, and why?
[The context is that Christians are to patiently tolerate the offenses done to them by other Christians.].
Do you generally let offenses committed against you by other Christians pass by, or do you complain when a Christian offends you, and why?
- Do you complain when a Christian friend/acquaintance invites your friends over to do something or go some place, but doesn’t invite you?
- Or, do you complain when a Christian friend/acquaintance buys or gives your friends something, but doesn’t do so for you?
- Or, gives a gift or a nicer gift to your friends than to you?
- Or, you do nice things for a Christian friend/acquaintance, but that person never or rarely does anything nice for you?
- Or, do you complain about the food a Christian serves you because you expected more or better food?
- Or, do you complain about not having a decent bed or vehicle as a full-time missionary?
- Or, do you complain against a Christian when he/she doesn’t pay as much or any attention to you as you wanted?
Instead of complaining against another Christian because he/she didn’t treat you the way you thought he/she should have, what should you do instead (Jas. 5:8)?
Has God ever judged you because of your self-centeredness in complaining against another Christian?
If so, how?
Matt. 20:1-15 What happened when those who were hired first came to be paid (Matt. 20:11-12)?
Was the landowner wrong in what he did (Matt. 20:13-15), and why?
Do you ever grumble because other people get the same recognition, reward, or compliments as you, even though you worked longer or harder than they did, and why?
1 Cor. 10:10-11 (Num. 16)
What are we told not to do, that some of the Old Testament people did?
What happened to those people because they grumbled at God’s will and rebelled, complained, and obstinately resisted God’s spiritual authorities (Num. 16:11, 41)?
Do you ever grumble against God’s spiritual leaders who He’s placed over you, and why?
[Unless the patience of the Lord is upon you, you might receive a similar fate like those who were destroyed by the destroyer, if you grumble and rebel against God’s spiritual leaders.].
Num. 11:1 What did the nation of Israel become like?
What was the Lord’s response?
Do you complain in the hearing of the Lord about anything (including adversity/ hard times that come with doing the Lord’s will)?
If so, what, and why?
Ex. 15:22-25 At whom and why did the people grumble?
Do you ever grumble at the spiritual leadership God puts over you when that leadership is following God, yet the situation the leadership brings you into is not what you like?
Ex. 16:1-3 At whom and why did the people grumble?
Do you ever grumble about the kind of food God has provided you or the amount of it?
Or, the people/leadership overseeing it, and why?
Do you ever complain about the food you’re served at a Christian retreat, after a Bible study, or for your birthday even though it’s free, and why?
To grumble at the leadership God has placed over you is really to grumble against whom (also see Num. 17:5, 10)?
Did you realize that to grumble at the spiritual leaders God has put over you is to grumble at God?
What will you do, now that you know this, and why?
Ex. 17:1-3 What did the people grumble about again?
Like Israel, do you fail to learn your lesson about grumbling about the same thing twice, when you’ve already been corrected the first time?
Though they quarreled with Moses, who were they really testing?
Num. 13:31 – 14:3 Over what did the people grumble?
Do you ever grumble about the assignments/tasks that God through His spiritual leaders gives to you, even though they seem tremendously overwhelming for you, but for which God has promised or enabled you to do through Him (like He promised to Israel in Num. 13:2)?
Or, is your attitude that of Joshua and Caleb’s (Num. 13:30), or Paul’s (Phil. 4:13), and why?
Num. 14:26-29, 36-37
What does God think about complaining and grumbling, and what did He do?
What affect does knowing this have on your attitude toward grumbling and complaining, and why?
Often times when people rebel against God or His spiritual leaders and grumble against Him or them, what are these people’s thoughts as to how God views or regards them (Deut. 1:27)?
Do you ever grumble against God or His spiritual leaders because you think He or they hate you and are trying to get back at you for some reason, and why?
Might Psa. 106:24-25 be a reason you grumble against the Lord or His spiritual leaders, as it was for the Israelites?
If so, what will you do to change this?