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ConqueredbyLove
Nov 22nd 2008, 07:07 PM
Beware of Criticizing Others
Oswald Chambers


~Judge not lest ye be judged~


Jesusí instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, "Donít." The average Christian is the most piercingly critical individual known. Criticism is one of the ordinary activities of people, but in the spiritual realm nothing is accomplished by it. The effect of criticism is the dividing up of the strengths of the one being criticized. The Holy Spirit is the only one in the proper position to criticize, and He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into fellowship with God when you are in a critical mood. Criticism serves to make you harsh, vindictive, and cruel, and leaves you with the soothing and flattering idea that you are somehow superior to others. Jesus says that as His disciple you should cultivate a temperament that is never critical. This will not happen quickly but must be developed over a span of time. You must constantly beware of anything that causes you to think of yourself as a superior person.

There is no escaping the penetrating search of my life by Jesus. If I see the little speck in your eye, it means that I have a plank of timber in my own (see Matthew 7:3-5 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+7:3-5) ). Every wrong thing that I see in you, God finds in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-24 (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+2:17-24) ). Stop having a measuring stick for other people. There is always at least one more fact, which we know nothing about, in every personís situation. The first thing God does is to give us a thorough spiritual cleaning. After that, there is no possibility of pride remaining in us. I have never met a person I could despair of, or lose all hope for, after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.

matthew7and1
Nov 26th 2008, 05:15 AM
Thank you! What a blessing! THANK YOU! I needed this.

Gregg
Nov 26th 2008, 12:55 PM
Thank you.

I didn't do very well with this when a chronic relapser came back to our 12 step meeting last night.

Gregg
Nov 29th 2008, 08:23 AM
God works in strange ways and has a sense of humor. The chronic relapser asked me to sponsor him. Another new person to our group (3 weeks) called me on Thanksgiving "to chat."

Thanks again for this great post. I think I will print it out (when I get my new printer) and put it in to the front of my Recovery Bible.

cimani1000
Dec 1st 2008, 08:46 AM
Hi, thanks for the message. How about criticizing elected officials - politicians etc? Should we never comment or criticize those we put in power? I know the Isralites complained of Moses and God sent venomous snakes to discpline them.