It's Critical

Romans 14:10 “Why do you criticize and pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you look down upon or despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.

(12) And so each of us shall give an account of himself - give an answer in reference to judgment - to God.

(13) Then let us no more criticize and blame and pass judgment on one another, but rather decide and endeavor never to put a stumbling block or an obstacle or a hindrance in the way of a brother.” (The Amplified Bible)

I don't normally read the Amplified Bible. I found this after I did a search on a "critical spirit. " Why was I doing a search on a "critical spirit" you ask.  Funny you should ask, I was going to tell you anyway.

It was brought to my attention that I may have a critical spirit.  It was God who brought it too my attention.  I made a grievous error and asked Him to show me my sin.  I say that because, you really can't ask God to do things you really don't want Him to do.  I mean surely I had no sin, right?  Wrong.  Anyway I digress.

Things have been good in my spiritual life, I could feel the moving of the spirit.  But I don't want to rest on my laurels as they were.  So I ask the Lord to help me grow more and to remove all obstacles of my life.  One day while listening to John MacArthur speak, I got out of his sermon that there were those who did experience the joy of the Lord because of a critical spirit.  His words seemed to get louder at that point and it is now the only thing from the sermon I remember.

I've noticed lately that I have become increasingly critical of those around me.  My family, bless them, are some of the ones who have negatively benefited from this criticism.   But they are not the only ones on whom I bestow my critical eye.  It has kept me from rejoicing with those who lives the Lord is working in.

It is my prayer that the Lord with remove this spirit from me and teach me to be an encourager.

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