Posted by: heisourstrongtower | June 6, 2013

Sabbatical – Day 4

1“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” John 15:1-2

John 15_1-2

I can have a critical spirit!

Oh, I want to hide and get those words out of my head!  But, alas, I am unable to run from these words that are bouncing around in my brain right now.  It is confrontation and conviction time for me.

It is time to work on me!  The busy life I have been living lately has quite effectively blocked out anything that I have not wanted to hear.

God sees all there is to see about us…the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly!  He knows it and He is going to deal with it all, in His way and in His timing.  I know that, at times, I can have a critical spirit.  That is not easy for me to admit…I would rather put a different spin on this confession, but that would not be honest.

What does it mean to have a critical spirit?

“Inclined to find fault, or to judge with severity!” 

This one is difficult and it is not going to be an easy fix or even something that I can write about today, and then tomorrow I am healed.  This is something that I have to really reflect on and talk to God about.

“Lord God, would you open my eyes to see myself soberly? And then to know your love more intimately?  Help me to look at myself and let You do a work in me.  I know that it is time for some pruning in my life, Lord.  You have to remove the bad branches from my life in order for the good fruit to be seen.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.”

God wants me to have a CARING SPIRIT…not a critical one!

So whats the difference.  I found an answer on-line.

  • A Critical Spirit: Condemns the person as well as the action 
    A Caring Spirit: Condemns the action not the person 
    “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”? (Proverbs 12:18)
  • A Critical Spirit: Focuses on the faults of others 
    A Caring Spirit: Focuses on self-examination 
    “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41)
  • A Critical Spirit: Ridicules others 
    A Caring Spirit: Refrains from ridiculing others 
    “A man who lacks judgment derides his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.” (Proverbs 11:12)
  • A Critical Spirit: Makes judgments based on appearances 
    A Caring Spirit: Makes judgments based on the right facts 
    “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.” (John 7:24)
  • A Critical Spirit: Assumes the worst without first hearing from the accused 
    A Caring Spirit: Assumes the best while waiting to hear from the accused 
    “Does our law condemn anyone without first hearing him to find out what he is doing?” (John 7:51)
  • A Critical Spirit: Tears others down without seeing the unmet needs 
    A Caring Spirit: Builds others up according to their the needs 
    “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (Ephesians 4:29)
  • A Critical Spirit: Confronts others publicly 
    A Caring Spirit: Confronts others privately 
    “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.” (Matthew 18:15)
  • A Critical Spirit: Responds harshly when accused by others 
    A Caring Spirit: Responds appreciatively without quarreling when others give advice 
    “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” (Proverbs 13:10)
  • A Critical Spirit: Lacks mercy toward others 
    A Caring Spirit: Responds with mercy toward others 
    “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” (James 2:12-13)

9 Differences Between a Critical Spirit and a Caring Spirit

 “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” Unknown

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Responses

  1. So good! So True! Shandra

  2. Words, how they can speak to our hearts. Change is good. Love covers all.


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