The Snake & Tainted Tongues: Criticism

Many years ago, I came close to being chief sinner who criticized others. However, Brother Woods’ truth and his love for me, and my soul, helped me see that I censured others as their judge and jury. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6).

I honestly do not know how many stones were thrown, but hearing Brother Woods’ truth was very hard since no one had ever told me “about myself.” His action of obedience to righteous judge my behavior resulted in my heighten awareness, correction and encouragment to dig deeper in the scriptures to see my own flaws. “The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise” (Proverbs 15:31).

“He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul; but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility” (Proverbs 15:32-33). My experiences taught me valuable lessons that still resonate with me, especially doing everything appropriately following Jesus’ example of face-to-face criticism of the Pharisees in Matthew 23.

Conclusion, criticism is about attitude. The primary guide is speaking in truth, in love and humbleness. Correction must be gentle, not from a critical spirit of fault finding or through arrogance, bitterness, insulting, pride, condescending, gossiping, or jealousy.

I encourage you not to allow Satan to control your emotions making it appear someone has become your enemy because they tell you the truth.



“The fear of the Lord is the hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate!” (Proverbs 8:13)

“Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in Heaven and you are on earth. Therefore, let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words.” (Ecclesiastes 5:2-3)

“Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.” (Proverbs 9:8)

14 thoughts on “The Snake & Tainted Tongues: Criticism

  1. What a powerful post. Thank you for being humble enough to be transparent of a struggle you had. And may God Bless Brother Woods for be loving and gently to help you correct your behavior.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this truth. Very often we shove off anyone who tells us the truth and lies has become the most accepted truth. It’s always convenient to accept lies rather than the truth. Our lives should be the gospel we preach. Thank you for the follow ❤️.

    God bless you and brother Woods.

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  3. Whoa this makes me want to take a deeper look at myself. I have thrown a few stones and felt I was right. But one thing I never did was turn the finger back at myself. I need to learn to say more things in love and be humble. Thank for this.

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  4. It’s so tempting to either make the claim that no one should judge another, forgetting this statement takes a forn of judgement to even claim. Or that Jesus says before taking the speck out of the eye of another, make sure our plank is gone first. That we are not hypocritical of the very thing we say of another.. Jesus wants us to edify, just in the right manner. I’m glad you pointed that out. We need the reminder. God be with you!!!

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