The Eyes of Criticism
We are told that criticism should always be constructive. Yet, one’s construction can be another’s destruction. In other words, no matter how constructive one thinks his criticism is, it could still be deemed destructive by the receiving party.
This is because it depends on the motive behind the criticism. Does the motive come from self-righteousness, envy, pride, hate, or some other negative factor? Or does the criticism come from a misunderstanding of the person being criticized?
One problem, I believe, behind the desire to criticize is that we see people and situations with the eyes of the self. We have eyes of criticism, ready to narrow down what the self deems as wrong without seeking to look at the whole picture. Thus, we may think our criticism is constructive, yet it hurts the person being criticized and does nothing to better the situation.
This is why the Bible exhorts us instead to be motivated by love.
Do everything in love. -1 Corinthians 16:14
How can we do this?
We focus on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). In other words, we focus on Jesus Christ. We seek to see with the eyes of Christ.
When we see with the eyes of criticism, we see what’s wrong. When we see with the eyes of Christ, we see what’s beautiful.
About the Author
I'm a pastor, blogger and software dilettante. I like to write about spiritual matters but without the heavy stuff. I also help fellow writers with tips and resources. I live alone as my wife and best friend, Alma, is now with the Lord. But I have two cats, Leni and Batgirl, to keep me company.