Criticizing, like comparing, can be very harmful. However, criticizing can be constructive when the intent is to build up and edify. The criticism we give then is concerned with the other person’s spiritual growth, and we want to help them attain all the Lord has for them. This requires us to have all the needed information about a situation so we will be accurate in our discernment. Constructive criticism always comes with love and tenderness.
It is important, as we disciple others, to only identify and mention their faults and shortcomings when we are led by the Lord. He will always reveal His way and His timing. When others criticize us unfavorably or adversely without the leading of the Lord, we have to reject it immediately and not react with a spirit of offense. We take it to the Lord and leave it at the foot of the cross. We humbly ask Him to guide us into all truth and keep our focus on Him.
Pray and trust the Holy Spirit to reveal the areas He is in the process of changing. Who can do that better than the Holy Spirit? He reveals to heal. He convicts and does not condemn. Conviction brings us nearer to God, never away. It gives hope and comes with healing. It teaches and anoints for growth, from glory to glory!
Romans 14:13 “Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.”