“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married…And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it” (Numbers 12:1,2)Text — Numbers 12:1-8
There is a notable difference between helping somebody to be fulfilled and making somebody to fail or fall down. While good counsel achieves the first purpose, the aim of negative criticism is to condemn and pull down. Criticism is the act of judging unfavourably or an act of faultfinding. It has to do with attacking somebody’s character and personality.
Miriam’s intention was not to counsel her younger brother, Moses, but to judge and challenge his authority and leadership. Most criticisms are done out of jealousy. The Bible forbids believers from speaking evil of their leaders, whether spiritual or secular leaders. Christian youths should not copy the ungodly among whom they dwell to criticize and find faults with their leaders. A learner that criticizes his instructor will not benefit much from him. So the youths that listen to gospel messages with the aim of finding faults will not be blessed of the Lord. For Miriam’s criticism of God’s servant, she was afflicted with leprosy. She was banished from the camp of Israel temporarily before God delivered her through Moses’ intercessory prayer. Are you a faultfinder like Miriam?
Most criticisms are done out of jealousy.
Criticism closes a learner’s mind to knowledge.
Prayer for today
Sanctify my tongue, Oh God, in Jesus’ name.