Be a helpful critic

How to give criticism in a godly way:

  • I see my brother/sister as one for whom Christ died (1 Cor. 8:11; Heb. 13:1)
  • I come as an equal, who also is a sinner (Rom. 3:9, 23).
  • I prepare my heart lest I speak out of wrong motives (Prov. 16:2; 15:28; 16:23).
  • I examine my own life and confess my sin first (Matt. 7:3-5).
  • I am always patient, in it for the long haul (Eph. 4:2; 1 Cor. 13:4).
  • My goal is not to condemn by debating points, but to build up through constructive criticism (Eph. 4:29).
  • I correct and rebuke my brother gently, in the hope that God will grant him the grace of repentance even as I myself repent only through His grace (2 Tim. 2:24-25).

[HT:JT]

  1. I’ve noticed your blog posts are significantly shorter. Is this intentional… a saying more with less idea? Also, perhaps (though it’s generally all relevant/useful/helpful) the simple fact that most people aren’t going to read an entry all the way through (if at all) if it’s too long? Just wondering & glad you’re blogging again!

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