Do you criticize people or lift them up

7.26.15 Do you criticize people or lift them up? It seems to me that there are some people that are not happy unless others are miserable. What if the shoe was on the other foot? Would you be happy, sad or maybe even a little mad? Ever noticed even in some work places there is more criticism then praise for the good job your doing?

Romans 14:10 “Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.
(12) And so each of us shall give an account of himself - give an answer in reference to judgment - to God.
(13) Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.”

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines criticism as “an act of criticizing; to judge as a critic; to find fault; to blame or condemn.”

As we have read, the scriptures tell us not to tear down our brethren through criticism or judgment, as this can pose a serious stumbling-block and cause irreparable damage to their faith.
Among God’s warnings to us in scripture, there are none more somber or serious than His warning to not become a stumbling block to His followers. “...whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6).
There’s an old saying that “We tend to judge others by their actions, and we judge ourselves by our intentions.” The truth is, we cannot rightly judge anyone else, because we do not know the contents of their heart. We should be content to judge only ourselves and seek to bring our own lives in alignment with God’s Word (1 Cor. 11:31).

A “critical spirit,” is an obsessive attitude of criticism and fault-finding, which seeks to tear others down — not the same thing as what is sometimes called “constructive criticism.” The only criticism that is ever constructive is that which is expressed in love to “build up,” not to tear down — it is always expressed face-to-face, never behind their back. 
The person with a critical spirit usually dwells on the negative, seeks for flaws rather than good. They’re a complainer, usually always upset, and generally have a problem or a complaint about something. They often have little control over their tongue, their temper, and have tendencies for gossip and slander, which Paul said were sins “worthy of death” (Rom. 1:29-32).

Have you ever heard the saying if you can't say something nice then don't say nothing at all? Well maybe we should all practice that saying a little more.

 

God I come to you asking you to forgive me if I ever criticize someone and bring them down and I ask you that you soften their hearts if I ever do that so they will forgive me also. I know God that we are only human but we have a lot of faults and I'm so glad you are there to love us when no one else does. You forgive us even when others can't find it in their heart to forgive us. God I come to you praying that if there is anyone out there that is going through something like this to please pick up the phone and make amends with the person or persons right now before it's too late. We are not promised even the next minute and we don't know when Jesus will return to call us home, so today is the day to make things right. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen

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