Being Critical of Others May Result in Responses Which are Surprising

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬‬:‭34‬ NIV)

Have you ever been the victim of criticism you felt was unjustified? I believe we have all found ourselves in this situation at some point. I know I have. We say something to someone and it is not taken as we intended. As an educator, I always tried to be careful of the words that exited my mouth because I never wanted to disappoint or harm those whom God placed in my path. I am so tender hearted, I will cry easily.

As God continuously told us not to worry and to trust HIM, I truly believe HIM. Why would HE waste HIS precious time telling us if HE did not want us to blindly accept HIS WORDS and Believe HIM?

When I hear criticism, I stop and think, “Okay, what is true?” Most often, the criticism has been given without any prompting from the person to whom it is given. Also, the result is a response that certainly is unexpected. One example is a lack of participation in a program or project or someone being offended. The most important thing I consider is does the criticism have the ability to change anything for God’s Kingdom. If it doesn’t, maybe it should be left unsaid.

I wonder how often we lose people in our relationships because of careless criticism that hurts or harms an individual. We all belong to each other, and our concern needs to be on each of us to have faith and trust our Heavenly Father to judge us because HE IS JUST! He sees and knows everything.

Please pray for me as I am praying for you!

About Hester Guest

I am a retired teacher. I love spending time with my children, grandchildren, and friends. Reading, studying my Bible, sewing, and playing games on my computer, phone, or tablet fill my spare time. Jesus is my Saviour!
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