Beware of Criticizing Others

Jesus’ instructions with regard to judging others is very simply put; He says, “Don’t.” 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). Every wrong thing that I see in you, God finds in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see 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 person’s 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.

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 7-9; Acts 3

10 thoughts on “Beware of Criticizing Others”

  1. patriciaharris07 says:

    God’s word is truth and it is the ONLY real truth in this life. His word says not to judge… Period, end of discussion. Funny how we try to bend the truth of God’s word to fit our own will. The overarching theme of Oswald’s devotions challenges us to abandon our own self will & fully trust the truth of God’s word. Anytime we put a ‘but’ in the mix when discussing the Word we are operating in self will. We do not have to judge people – God’s word & instruction is very clear. Spread the good news of Christ’s redemption & if it’s rejected, shake it off & keep it moving. This chapter further states that a tree is known by the fruit it bears, thus eliminating the need to judge, meaning… The proof is in the pudding. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom… If you truly fear Him, you will keep His word and not judge others under any circumstances. The Holy Spirit will help you keep God’s word & corrects us when we’re out of order. Amen & praise be to the most high God (El Elyon) for He alone will judge us all.

    1. hsnpoor says:

      patriciaharris07, I hope, pray and trust you will understand if I choose to reject your counsel in this matter in favor of allowing the Holy Spirit of God to lead, guide and teach me in this matter of my personal faith walk. He, after all is the only one who knows and is qualified to speak so authoritatively to my spirit. Since you have no true understanding of my heart in this or any other matters, I find it distastful that you feel qualified to “judge” whether I’m walking in self-will or fail to fear the Lord or am out of order. The only order I see myself out of, in this matter, is your personal standard of righeousness, which I believe has a name that is generally rendered as “self-righteousness”. May I also bring to your attention that the celebrated author of this devotion chose to entitle this days devotion “Beware of Criticizing Others” (not “do not judge others”), which I personally find to be important and highly instructive. You may not agree, and that’s just fine. Your walk is yours and mine is mine. God Bless!

  2. kassa70x7 says:

    I too have sinned by passing judgment yesterday, to someone who has done wrong! By doing so, I am taking autthority that is not given to me… Therefore, I confess and ask God for forgiveness, for passing judgment.
    In Jesus Name, Amen.

    Immanuel.

    1. hsnpoor says:

      kassa70x7, only the Holy Spirit knows the full circumstances of which you speak about here, so I encourage you to be intentional about what he has to say. I agree with what Oswald Chambers says here, but I’ve always struggled with this Matt. 7 passage because I turly believe we cannot construct a full instruct by taking 1 verse of scripture out of the context in which it’s set. Let me be clear, I am not accusing the author of doing that. But, I can’t help but note that Jesus goes on to say that we should not cast our pearls before swine; and a little further on that we must beware of wolves who come into the assembly disguised as sheep. Both of these things would appear to call for a judgement call, on our behalf, to determine who the pigs and wolves are. I do not know what this person did that you judged to be wrong, but I think we get a clue about the standard for making a righteous judgement in Galatians 6. Bottomline for me is that I think there is a line of demarcation between judging others and criticizing others and sometimes that line becomes blurred. Before closing the book on this chapter, ask the Holy Spirit for clarity to make sure what you feel is truly conviction and not it’s 1st cousin, confusion.

  3. kassa70x7 says:

    I too have sinned by passing judgment yesterday, to someone who has done wrong! By doing so, I am taking autthority that is not given to me… Therefore, I confess and ask God for forgiveness to Father God, for passing judgment.
    In Jesus Name, Amen.

    Immanuel.

  4. blaque says:

    Yesterday I have to admit that I was VERY upset about Rachel Donezal basically disguising herself as a Black woman. The deception made me ANGRY, to say the least. Today’s reading has helped be calm down, greatly and realize I need to stop having a measuring stick for other people. This woman will have her own personal consequences because of her lying. Truthful lips endure forever but a lying tongue last only a moment. I pray today for peace over my spirit. I personally don’t like to be lied to, it is the one thing that infuriates me greatly. There are so many liars in our world today. Father God help me to remain in you so that I don’t fall into the enemy’s trap. I speak Peace over myself and all that I encounter today. AMEN.

    1. brynbj33 says:

      I will say this about the manner of which I see. She has some hurt deeper then we can see and she wanting to reveal it. Pray for her, because she is truly hurting. But she wants to do good, but she just went about it the wrong way. I’m almost certain if she could and not face the criticism, there something wrong and she hasn’t shared it. Again pray for her healing to be a new creation in Christ.

      1. 54pickens says:

        Amen to that. She may have a deep need for attention, acceptance, because of a deep insecurity. Love her.

      2. hsnpoor says:

        I agree, brynbj33. Like blaque, I was angered at first, but not outrageously so because the whole idea of what she did is just so bizarre that it didn’t take long for me to say “something is really wrong with this lady” and I had to relent. I’m not and never have been a member of the NAACP, but this turn of events certainly gives me pause about how the organization is run…. In the meantime, will pray for both the woman and the organization to get themselves on a healthier footing.

        1. hsnpoor says:

          Never thought I would live to see the day white folks would be “passing” for black….

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