24 October 2015

TSSF Principles, Day 24

(24) The faults that we see in others are the subject of prayer rather than of criticism. We take care to cast out the beam from our own eye before offering to remove the speck from another’s. We are ready to accept the lowest place when asked, and to volunteer to take it. Nevertheless, when asked to undertake work of which we feel unworthy or incapable, we do not shrink from it on the grounds of humility, but confidently attempt it through the power that is made perfect in weakness.
We should pray for others rather than criticizing them. This is true enough. But this should not be used as an excuse to avoid facing up to wrongdoing or wrong teaching within the Christian community.

There may be times when criticism is necessary, but before we go down that road we must stop, pray, and examine ourselves. By the time we have scrutinized our own motives and behaviour, repented of where we have fallen short, and prayed for the well-being and spiritual growth of the person we wanted to criticize, hopefully any remaining vestiges of our criticism will be constructive rather than destructive.

An attitude of humility implies that we will not push ourselves to the front. We seek the place where we can serve without drawing attention to ourselves rather than the leadership role or the high-profile position. But, on the other hand, we should not use humility as an excuse for avoiding responsibility.

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