People aren’t perfect, which is why it is so easy to criticize someone’s behavior. We hate to be criticized, but we don’t mind giving it. What can we do with our criticism?
Jesus gives us a great analogy about judging and criticizing. He says, "First take the plank out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye" (Matthew 7:5).
Many of us are hurting our relationships through our criticisms. Below, write down how you believe your criticism may be effecting your relationships.
Now that we know what relationships are being affected, let's do something about it!
Instead of finding fault, we want to reveal hope. How can we change our criticism to have a positive intention and focus on the future? The words you use matter! Next time you have a criticism, do not rush to speak. Pause. Think about why you are saying what you are saying. Write down what you want to say if you need to. Make sure you have a relationship with the person, make sure you are focused on the positives not the negative, and make sure you are focused on the future and not the past.
And make sure you don't have a huge plank in your eye!