Jesus, therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves.” (John 6:43)
Murmuring would be best defined as negative self-talk. I personally hate it, because I personally do it. I do not have a poker face. I wear my feelings and emotions like a neon sign. Along with my negative expressions comes murmuring. Do you ever find yourself grumbling like that? The only thing worse than murmuring to yourself is murmuring to and with others. Two negatives definitely do not make a positive. They regress worse and worse. Murmuring is a form of backbiting. It seldom lovingly confronts and is seldom accurate. It feeds itself, upsetting the stomach. What I try to do to overcome my murmuring is instead of self-talking, I write myself a note. When something is not going the way that I think it should go, instead of murmuring and being a part of the problem, I do my best to be a part of the solution. I find this changes my whole attitude and allows me to see the positive instead of always finding the negatives.