Critical spirits can be very devastating. Think about Wimbledon. The tennis championships in England where there is a judge who sits on an elevated chair on the side between the two competitors. He has earned the right to be a judge because he has earned the reputation of being fair-minded in his judgments, so when the ball goes out of bounds the judge yells “FAULT!” The person with a critical spirit also sits on a high, elevated seat even though they have not earned the reputation of being fair-minded and they have not been invited. They are not welcomed but they just yell “FAULT!” all day despite the fact that their verdict is not appreciated nor accurate. In a marriage, the husband or wife must make sure that they do not position themselves in an elevated chair of judging their spouse all day long yelling “FAULT!”, “FAULT!”, “FAULT!”.Have we allowed ourselves to have a cynical mindset? Click To Tweet
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Proverbs 19:13 (NKJV)
A foolish son is the ruin of his father, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping.
Ephesians 4:14-16 (NKJV)
we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Ephesians 4:29 (NKJV)
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.