Philippians 2:14-15 – Blameless and Harmless

Philippians 2:14-15
14
Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Verse 14 is a mouthful; it can be difficult enough to simply do all things sometimes, much less doing all those things without complaint or contention.  But consider the reasons given in verse 15:  To be blameless shows that a bad attitude will reflect poorly on both us and God, because if a Christian can’t take bad circumstances in stride, what does that say about the depth of our God and our Salvation?  But it’s the second qualifier that I want to focus on; harmless.  We are under constant observation by those around us and the things we say and do have a profound impact whether we want to admit it or not.  Your behavior could be teaching a young person that it’s okay to be a dimly lit Christian or it could be giving an unbeliever evidence that there is nothing really special about serving the Lord.  The Bible warns us not to be a stumbling block (Romans 10:32), so if you need a little extra motivation to obey Philippians 2:14, do it for the sake of all those you might trip up along the way.

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