Have you ever thought you were helping someone but what you said came off wrong in the delivery? Our words although meant to do good can be harmful sometimes. Whether you are hyper-critical of those around you, or you have experienced this hurtful criticism from a friend, family member, or co-worker, these words hurt everyone involved. There isn’t an easy solution to this problem. But if this devotion makes a few people stop and think before blasting someone, whether a ministry leader, a family member, or friend — then it’s good. Life is too short to be worried about the little things. You could be missing the Bigger blessings that GOD has waiting on you. And most of all, if it reminds me to do what is right to other people … to love being kind to others … and to live a little more humbly — it’s the best thing for us all.
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)
Dear Lord, thank You for Your grace and patience everyday. Help me recognize when I become critical of those around me. I want to show Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.