Monday, April 11, 2011

A Critical Spirit

It happens quietly. Like a whisper. We don’t even see it creep into our hearts.

We start to become critical of others.

I’m not sure why. Maybe because of a few situations that happen, or because we feel taken advantage of…for granted. There may be hurts that never quite healed. Regardless of the cause, criticism invades our hearts and our minds.

If we aren’t careful, if it grows – criticism also starts to come out of our mouths.

God recently drew to my attention that I was becoming overly critical of others. I’m so thankful for His prodding on this issue. I do NOT want to become a critical person. I want to be gracious. Forgiving. Merciful. Understanding. Critical is the exact opposite of the kind of person I want to be. Yet there it was – seeping into my world; my heart.

People are so fallible. So flawed. I am. I put my foot in my mouth. Regret actions and attitudes.  Yet my soul is tender. I hate it when I feel others are being critical of me. I try so hard. So who am I to be critical of another? I don’t know their heart. I don’t see their efforts internally. I don’t know how far they’ve come.

Resentment, bitterness, and a cold, aloof heart; those are not traits that I want to take up home and residency in my life. Yet they sneak in when I allow myself to judge others with my critical spirit.

Hey, we all need grace and mercy. We all need forgiveness. We all need a fresh start.

Let’s give each other a break. Soften our hearts, our spirit, and our tongues.

Each one of us could use a prayer, some support, and love instead of condemnation and criticism.


Anonymous said...

Wow! This is an issue that I have found myself battling for a long time, and confessing more regularly than I want to admit.

Thanks for being authentic!

Anonymous said...

You are so right. Be do need to be gracious and not critical of others. I have been there lately myself. Thanks for the gentle reminder. Blessings.