The Disunity of Edification and Criticism


Paul and his companion strengthened the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith…Acts 14:22

There is an alarming discrepancy that exists when someone possesses the Spiritual gift of edification yet frequently submits to the human workings of fault-finding. If criticism is present in your heart, the composition of your words will sound harsh and jarring, and a lack of harmony will exist between you and the person you are speaking with. Lord, please help us to see this truth.

The Spiritual gift of exhortation is manifested when we encourage others. What agreement does righteousness have with unrighteousness? In other words, what compatibility exists with the Spirit of exhortation and the person who instead chooses to yield to their natural inclination to critique? Lord, I desire to see and choose Your ways even when my thoughts deceive me and appear wiser.

Fellow sojourners, do not allow yourself to speak harsh and jarring words because you think you are aptly teaching someone or because you are letting your pride be stroked by showing someone else they are not that great. Instead, since you live, live for Christ (Philippians 1:21). Allow your heart and mind to be saturated by His love and submit your mouth to His glory. Be driven by exhorting someone in truth and lifting their spirit (Acts 9:31, Phil. 2:1, 2 Cor. 1:4-7) instead of tearing them down. Lord, I desire to submit my mouth for Your glory and not mine. I desire to edify others and show them their worth in the Kingdom by exhorting them in the Truth to the best of my ability. Amen. God bless you fellow sojourners.

In His grace,