are times when mistakes are made and things need to be pointed out. And,
unfortunately, we all know that offering criticism can sometimes make a
bad situation even worse. Serious thought needs to go into what we will
say. Maybe it would help if we would ask the following questions before
am I doing this?
really want to help this person, or am I just doing this to make myself
feel better? Am I trying to improve the situation, or do I just want to
say, "I told you so!"? What is my motive?
nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of
mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look
out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of
2:3-4). Regardless of what the world believes, we don’t have the
right to let off some steam at the expense of another. Criticism that is
only going to make us feel better needs to be kept to ourselves.
2. Do I
have a right to criticize?
available when this person could have used some help before? Can I
sympathize with what they are going through? Can I offer some positive
suggestions to go along with the criticism? Some people like to just sit
on the sidelines and criticize the labors of others. Such people really
have no right to criticize.
I examined myself?
not right for me to give criticism that I am not willing to take. Jesus
says that I must make sure that the log is out of my eye first, then I
can offer to help my brother get the speck out of his eye
Criticism is respected when it comes from a respectable person, but no
one appreciates a hypocrite.
will I say, and how will I say it?
very important. I must choose my words very carefully. They have the
power to build up or to destroy
16:24). As Paul said, "Let your speech always be with grace,
seasoned with salt"
(Col. 4:6). What we say, and the way we say it, will make all the
difference in the world.
it glorify God?
"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the
glory of God" (1
Cor. 10:31). Whose glory am I seeking? Am I saying something to
help the cause of Christ or just to be heard? If it is just to be seen
and heard by men, then truly I have my reward
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