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Spiritual Judgment Versus Criticism

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Spiritual Judgment Versus Criticism



What determines the difference between mean-spirited criticism and spiritual judgment? Love! Mean-spirited criticism is never an act of love; it is a self-righteous demeaning, attitude of “thinking oneself better than the other person.” I like to call it “nose in the air” criticism. This type of behavior is dangerous. In the midst of our prideful sin we give Satan an opening and he takes full advantage of it.

“Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Spiritual judgment is offered in hopes of reconciliation and repentance. It is important to remember that before we met the Savior we were not much different than that delicious, perfectly picturesque, red apple, eagerly we sank our teeth into it, anticipating the delight of its succulent taste. From the outside nothing is suspect. The exterior is flawless. The truth becomes evident when we realize that the first bite uncovered a nasty deception. On closer inspection, the inside was brown, rotten, and infested with worms. So we were before Christ brought us to Him, covering us with the insecticide of his shed blood—banishing for all eternity the brown, rotten, wormy, infestation of sin within us. Finally! Clean and purified. Unlike the apple which needed discarded—we have been redeemed!

 

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