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Avoiding the Critical Spirit

A Critical Spirit can envelope us and cause us to not flourish…

Mark 3:1-6…
Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. 2Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. 3Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” 4Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. 5He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. 6Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.

When we choose to be a leader in any capacity, we will be confronted with critical spirits. There is no getting around the fact that we will be criticized. Negative criticism is not anything anyone seeks. The preference is to receive constructive criticism, as this will help us be better.

If we have a critical spirit in the home, our family members will pick up on this. They, too, will do the same. We need to be careful that we not fall into this trap that may cause us to not be used by God. This is not what God wants for us.

A critical spirit changes our purpose. A result of this is that we avoid doing that which we have been called to do.

These are some of the causes of a critical spirit that we need to be careful of:

  • being distracted from the things of God
  • focusing on the faults of others, rather than the good
  • prematurely judging others
  • irrational thinking
  • stubbornness

Because of the world we live in criticism will come. Just remember that God loves you and He has plans for you.