5 Biblical Truths to Help You Replace Grumbling with Gratitude

A Christian woman with her laundry basked and her head in her hands because she needs to replace grumbling with gratitude

By Susan L Davis

My life was a symphony of complaints. The job, kids, home, dog, and husband—nothing escaped my grumbling.

Waiting in line? Cue the internal monologue of grievances. Behind polite smiles, my mind spun a web of negativity. 

Then, in an unexpected turn of events, I found Jesus. 

I realized the Bible doesn’t look favorably on complaining. I needed to replace grumbling with gratitude. 

5 Biblical Truths to Replace Grumbling with Gratitude 

As I delved into the Bible, I discovered the following powerful truths to help silence complaints and cultivate a spirit of gratitude.

1 – Cherish the people in your life.

Imagine Martha in the kitchen, banging pans and exaggerated sighs, while her siblings and guests centered on Jesus’ teachings. 

Perhaps with a towel swung over her shoulder and hand on her hip, Martha grumbles at her sister and Jesus, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand” (Lk 10:40 HCSB). 

Jesus advises Martha to prioritize Him over her worries (Lk 10:42). 

Later, Martha’s actions reflect Jesus’s teachings, showcasing her unwavering faith and joy at Lazarus’ resurrection (Jn 11:21-44).

When Jesus visited again, Martha served without a hint of complaint (Jn 12:2). 

After all Martha endured, she had gained a newfound perspective. She saw her guests through the lens of gratitude, recognizing them as blessings—not burdens.

Martha learned to cherish people and overlook the messes they can create.

Inspired by Martha’s transformation, let’s heed the advice to “be hospitable to one another without complaining” (1 Pt 4:9 HCSB).

A Christian woman hugging and cherishing the people in her life because she learned to replace grumbling with gratitude

2 – Be content with what you have.

The Israelites’ trek through the desert showcases the pitfalls of discontentment. 

Despite a path through the Red Sea, water from a rock, and manna from Heaven, their constant complaining and craving for more overshadowed God’s care, provision, and faithfulness.

Instead, the Hebrews longed for meat and focused on their former life in Egypt—this discontentment didn’t lead anywhere good (Nm 11). 

Choosing to replace grumbling with gratitude honors God and shifts our perspective to thankfulness. 

Reflecting on our blessings makes even the ordinary—the comfort of a warm bed, our loved ones, the simplicity of daily meals—seem extraordinary.

Everything God created is good and we should embrace it with thanksgiving (1 Tm 4:4).  

Accepting this truth helps us recognize and be content with our blessings. We can find joy in the ordinary aspects of life through a heart of gratitude.

3 – Complaints lead to confinement.

Being around someone who constantly complains or likes to argue can be draining, pulling us into a vortex of negativity. 

Proverbial wisdom suggests it’s better to choose solitude in an attic than endure the company of a quarrelsome partner (Prv 25:24). 

Complaints can build walls between us and others.

If we find ourselves caught in a cycle of conflict and complaint, let’s assess our role in it. By indulging in complaining and being ungrateful, we’re far from mirroring the Lord’s glory in our interactions (Phil 2:14–15).

When we replace grumbling with gratitude, we enrich our interactions and foster supportive and positive communities where our faith shines.

A Christian woman standing in a dark room, peeking through curtains to look outside

4 – Cultivate gratitude in trials.

Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus..” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 HCSB 

My journey with my son, who has an intellectual disability, has taught me to be thankful despite the challenge of caring for him at times. 

Initially, life unfolded as a relentless series of hurdles, leaving little room for appreciation or thankfulness. Yet, leaning into this Scripture unveiled a new perspective. 

I started thanking God for my amazing, loving son in all circumstances—even in the tough times. 

I moved from questioning God’s plan to discovering His grace in our lives.

Jesus’ time on Earth, filled with healing and compassion, reflects how our God is a God of love and healing, not affliction.

Replacing grumbling with gratitude is challenging. This concept, found in the Bible as a “sacrifice of praise,” involves choosing to trust in God’s goodness, even when our path is tough and littered with tears (Ps 135:2; Na 1:7). 

We praise God for who He is, not just what He has done.

 5 – Choose gratitude with every step.

When the temptation to complain arises, let’s remember God’s love is steadfast and unconditional. We can share our frustrations with the Lord, knowing He listens and understands.

In Job’s story, we find a perfect example of choosing gratitude with every step, despite facing trials. Job lost wealth, children, and health, yet he remained faithful to God and expressed his frustrations openly in prayer. 

Job’s steadfast trust in God’s sovereignty and goodness led to eventual restoration and blessings.

Like Job, we can share our disappointments with God because His love for us is unwavering. 

A Christian woman reading her Bible and enjoying her coffee after replacing grumbling with gratitude

Practical Ways to Replace Grumbling With Gratitude

Let’s take steps toward fostering a heart of gratitude in our daily lives. Here are a few ideas to move toward thanksgiving:

  • Jot down three things you’re grateful for today. Or take photos.
  • Dedicate a day to refraining from complaints.
  • Share your complaints with God and seek solutions or an attitude adjustment through prayer.
  • Shift your focus away from your problems by helping others.
  • Focus on God’s presence and peace by journaling, praying, or worshiping through music.
  • Express thanks to those in your life for their presence and contributions.

May these truths serve as a guide and source of encouragement on your journey to replace grumbling with gratitude.

Susan L. Davis

Susan is an author, speaker, and blogger dedicated to empowering individuals to pursue their divine purpose. Her debut novel, 63 Hours in Hell, published by Abundance Books and scheduled for release in January 2025, delves into the three days Jesus spent in hell. Susan lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband, adult children, and a mischievous dog resembling a wolf. Explore Susan’s work and access a variety of free faith resources on her website. You can also connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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