Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 28, 2017

When Love Overrides Critique

“Now we ask you, brothers, to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you, and to regard them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.”  I Thessalonians 5:12-13 (HCSB)

 

Critique is something we definitely don’t like to get.  We’re usually hard enough on “us” that we don’t really want to hear anyone else’s list.  We’re typically uncomfortable being confronted with our own “not so great moments” that we don’t need them highlighted by anyone else.  We’re so terribly sensitive about our “weaknesses” that we don’t see any reason to share them. Keeping it real  – we avoid critique of self – it’s just simply too painful.

 

Wonder why not critiquing  “us” makes it perfectly okay to critique someone else?  Attend an event, gathering or church service and critique enters center stage.  As if someone handed us a checklist when we entered the room, we feel inclined or “led” to evaluate whether it met our expectations.  We analyze the speaker from head to toe.  We decide if the music is too loud, too much or not enough.  We find fault in the acoustics, parking, etc. and express our disapproval on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all our world to see.

 

Quite unbalanced wouldn’t you say?   We avoid critique, yet we have no trouble scrutinizing others.  We flip the scales to our advantage and overlook the impact our view could have on others.  We disregard the hard work, sacrifice and sweet offerings of those who serve, teach and minister for the sake of what we would have done differently.

 

Love these sweet words in I Thessalonians that remind us to encourage one another.  Never does Paul mention the need to critique or investigate with the intent to put down our brothers and sisters in Christ. If we don’t understand what is being said or we are unsure then we should definitely consult God’s word and ask Him to lead us to truth.  However, that’s not what Paul is talking about in these verses.  The key word here is found “in those who lead you in the Lord.”   When others are leading us in the Lord, they are leading us in the right direction.  So sweet friends, the next time we are tempted to give our perspective wouldn’t we be wise instead to pray for, encourage and show appreciation to those who are serving the body of Christ.

 

“Father, You are overjoyed when Your children are at peace with one another truly reflecting You heart for all the world to see.”

 

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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