A Bible Devotion

Monday, January 01, 2024

Don't Criticize Others

TITUS 3:2 NKJ 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.

It's easy to criticize others. But God says don't do it!

MATTHEW 7:1-2 NKJ 1 "Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

One of the biggest traps is to criticize our leaders. Since all leaders are human, none are perfect. But it is wrong, and counter-productive, to criticize them. It may be the "spirit of the age" we live in, but it's not the way the Spirit of God operates (Acts 23:5). (We can discuss policies without personally attacking and condemning individual people.)

Those who criticize others are proud. They assume they know what is best, and that they are qualified to judge and even condemn others. They think they are better than those they criticize.

ROMANS 2:1 NLT 1 You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things.

Without God's grace and forgiveness, we would all be in trouble!

MATTHEW 7:3 NLT 3 "And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own?

MATTHEW 5:7 NKJ 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.

One of the devil's most successful strategies against the Church has been to get us to accuse one another.

Instead of accusing our brothers and sisters in Christ, we should be praying for them. After all, we are in the same Body!

Revelation 12:10 tells us that the devil is called "the accuser of our brethren." Always be on your guard not to join forces with the devil and help him do his work.

We must make judgments about people in order to function in life. We can evaluate the fruit produced by others and therefore make proper decisions (Matthew 7:16). But we do not have to criticize and condemn people. We can be quiet.

What if a person's behavior is harming others? We have a responsibility when we are in a position of authority to protect those we are responsible for. If you are in such a position you should report such a case to those in authority over you, in order to protect those you serve.

Otherwise, your primary duty is to pray for those you think are not yet perfect.

When we criticize someone who belongs to Christ, we are actually criticizing Him and His work. Better not do that!

SAY THIS: I will not criticize others.


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