A Favor in Kind? As the old saying goes, it’s easy to criticize. The problem with criticism is that because it is so easy, it is also quite inexpensive. We mete it out without much thought mostly, cheaply and at a price that seemingly costs us little to employ. But, is that true?
Think about it. If we really gave it much thought we’d find out quickly that criticism is one of the dearest of commodities, coming at a very high price to both the giver and the receiver. Normally we don’t worry about the receiver much as long as we, the giver, feel fulfilled in letting go with our jibes and arrows freely.
God’s Word tells us: “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you (Matthew 6:25)?”
Ask yourself this: Am I motivated by an earnest desire for the welfare of the person I think needs correcting? Am I going to face him honestly, but gently? Do I find the task disagreeable, or am I secretly getting some pleasure out of it? If you can answer these questions “yes,” be assured others will think well of you and, return the favor in kind. What more can you ask?
“Heavenly Father, keep me from hypocritical thoughts and unrighteous judgement of others. But please give me the wisdom I need to judge between that which is good and that which is evil. Keep me walking humbly, and help me to always consider others first. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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