By L. LaRose
Please note that it’s not a gifted person who criticizes or finds fault in someone, but…
…it takes a spiritual person in the spirit of meekness to restore a brother or sister over taken in a fault.
…it takes a gracious person to be kind and tenderhearted, forgiving others.
…it takes a Godly person with contentment to give themselves to wholesome words and the doctrine according to godliness.
I Tim. 6:3-6
…it takes a workman of God to be gentle to all, patient, meek, sanctified, and useful for the Master’s work.
II Tim. 2:14-26
…it takes an innocent heart not hardened by time to lay aside malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, and evil speaking.
I Pet. 2:1-3
Did you ever notice how young children don’t criticize, judge or talk bad about others? they just accept them for who they are. They may ask questions, but they are like this passage “like new born babes”, innocent children without malice, not hypocritical, not envious, or full of evil speaking. These traits come with the hardening of the heart.
Finally, Mat 12:34-37, Jesus said…
For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. The good man out of his good treasure brings out good things, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings out evil things. I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
What is in your heart? Are you on the giving end of criticism? Remember that you will be held accountable for every idle word.