Destructive criticism

Constructive criticism is good. After all, it’s constructive.

But what is the opposite of constructive criticism? It’s destructive criticism!

It’s when you want to tear someone down instead of build them up.

Every once in a while a situation emerges when we are invited to provide input, make suggestions, or offer a critique. Since as followers of Jesus we want good, godly things for people, let’s share our views in a way which helps more than it hurts.

True, not many people jump at the chance to hear criticism. But it can actually be positive:
-if it is invited
-if it is informed
-if it comes from a place of love
-if it is honest, and
-if you are seeking God’s best for that person

Constructive criticism builds someone up, but destructive criticism tears someone down.

In Proverbs 18:21 we read: “The tongue has the power of life and death…”

Be deliberate. Be constructive. Give life.


Podcast. “Can we earn heaven? Matthew 7:21 unsettles me, please explain.” I answer this question in a Q & A Forum. You can listen to or watch the full response here.

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