Two Kinds of Groans

9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door. 10 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful (James 5).

Of the seven times this word “complain” is used in the New Testament, in five of them it is translated as “groaned” and once as “sighed” (as when Jesus looked up into heaven and sighed before healing a deaf man). This is the only time it is translated as “complain.” The word expresses a visceral attitude of deepest proportions that can be either good or bad.

Why does it deserve judgement in this case? Because it is the kind of groaning and sighing which is born out of impatience with others and finding fault with them. It is the kind of groaning and sighing which lacks compassion and mercy.

Lord, help us This Day to have the good kind of groaning. Amen.