This is a re-post from 2011 (Canaan pt. II) that has importance for me today
Murmuring: from Maximized Manhood
Murmuring in its simplest form is nothing more or less than “negative confession.”
Complaining, criticizing, faultfinding, rumoring—all and more are classified as murmuring. First Corinthians 5:11 KJV speaks of a “railer,” a word we don’t ordinarily use today. A railer is a slanderer, a blasphemer, a reviler, and God requires us to deal with them in vehemence and discipline. 1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.KJV
So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. NASB 95
The tongue is like that. Small remarks, cutting comments, or sarcastic jibes eventually create roaring bonfires of hate, warfare, and enmity. Consuming relationships, it leaves nothing but embers. Men murmur about their company or boss at the water cooler, and then complain because they do not get promoted. They murmur against the preacher and wonder why their children don’t respond to the Gospel. They murmur against God’s Word, and then complain when they don’t see faith take effect in their lives.
Here is my confession “I have done this” There has been many times I have murmured where I work or where I have served in because I don’t like what I see. I will murmur which turns into judgment and then it gets even uglier. I will murmur with my wife, and instead of making a situation better, I make it worse. It is just a bad deal. I could write more but I think you get the point, you have to be very careful, because when you murmur with anyone and they murmur back. You then just make the situation worse. I have the hat and Tee-shirt for that one. I think for me the next time I feel like I need to murmur then I should take that problem straight to Holy Spirit and see what He thinks about that.
I hear “Stop it!”
Once again, I am reminded that if I am doing this. I am not focused on Him but I am focused on the problem. Is there a problem out there? Yes, there is, is it my job to fix it? No, it is not.
Do you murmur?