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Summary: A critical spirit is An obsessive attitude of criticism and fault-finding, which seeks to tear others down The person with a critical spirit usually dwells on the negative, seeks for flaws rather than good

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The Critical Spirit

Luke 6:37-6:42

Illustration: Guilty as sin! It happened just a few years ago. The banks in New Jersey had been robbed systematically, one after the other. What made the robber stand out was his politeness. He just gave the tellers a note which said, "Please place your money in this bag. Thank you." The newspapers called him the GENTLEMAN BANDIT. The widespread publicity led to a very unlikely arrest - the suspect was a Catholic priest. His church was appalled but stood beside him, saying they knew he could not be the bandit. They signed petitions, held protest marches and came up with his bail. But the police were certain they had their man. All of the eyewitnesses positively identified him. And the news media dug into his past, to find that in a previous church he had left under a cloud because of financial irregularities in the parish. For a priest he had a pretty expensive lifestyle - his own apartment and a fast car. His church was probably standing up for him because otherwise they looked like dupes. As I watched the story unfold on the news, I was positive this priest had pulled a fast one. He probably had a sociopath personality so he could rob banks and preach the next Sunday without feeling any guilt. No one outside his congregation was standing up for this guy. But then a funny thing happened. The REAL Gentleman Bandit was caught red-handed. As it turned out, he was the spitting image of the priest. It’s just that he WASN’T the priest. The priest was released, his church threw him a big party, and the news media and I felt a little sheepish. Source: Rev. David Holwick First Baptist Church Ledgewood, New Jersey

We must careful and merciful we all need to be in our judgments. We may be wrong! Even when we are right we can still be wrong in our response. Are we doing so with a critical spirit or a merciful spirit?

What Exactly is a Critical Spirit?

An obsessive attitude of criticism and fault-finding, which seeks to tear others down The person with a critical spirit usually dwells on the negative, seeks for flaws rather than good.

“Constructive criticism." The only criticism that is ever constructive is that which is expressed in love to "build up," not to tear down — it is always expressed face-to-face, never behind their back.

Imperative that we deal with the critical spirit because it is:

1.Destructive to our walk, witness, and our world.

2.Harmful to our relationship with God as an unforgiving, unloving , and critical attitude toward another person.

3.Harmful to our witness because the world is watching us

4.It is harmful to our families, are churches, and our workplaces.

5. Few things do as much damage and cause as much dissension within marriages, churches and workplaces as a critical tongue and attitude.

Jesus our Lord, Savior, and Teacher gives us some instructions concerning the critical spirit in Luke 6:37-42.

Read Luke 6: 37-42

I. V’s 37-38: Jesus gives us a Warning against having

a critical spirit.


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