“your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you”

What a compellingly different statement than the world’s “do whatever you want” or “right is whatever you believe” lies.

This comes from today’s scripture…

Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?
James 4:11‭-‬12 NLT
https://bible.com/bible/116/jas.4.11-12.NLT

Life Application Study Bible
Jesus summarized the law as love for God and neighbor, and Paul said that love demonstrated toward a neighbor would fully satisfy the law. When we fail to love, we are actually breaking God’s law. Examine your attitude and actions toward others. Do you build people up or tear them down? When you’re ready to criticize someone, remember God’s law of love and say something good instead. Saying something beneficial to others will cure you of finding fault and increase your ability to obey God’s law of love.

Work/Life Application

Criticism.

We see the dictionary definition of criticism is ” the expression of DISAPPROVAL of someone or something based on PERCEIVED failures or mistakes”. In most workplaces, a primary goal is to be efficient and effective, and repeated mistakes or failures are contrary to that goal. So mistakes or failures offer a learning opportunity.

Whether we waste these opportunities or benefit from them as a team depends on what is “learned” from the situation.

“Constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others, usually involving both positive and negative comments, in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one.” – Definitions.net

Unlike critique, which is just negative feedback, constructive criticism includes timely and specific negative feedback with useful strategies for skill improvement, support and encouragement” – USC Rossier School of Education professor Darnell Cole

Constructive Criticism:

1) FEEDBACK: Involve both positive and negative comments

2) FEEDBACK: Communicate in a friendly manner rather than an oppositional one

3) STRATEGY: Remember the Goal is Skill Improvement

4) STRATEGY: Offer Collaborative Support

5) STRATEGIES: Provide Encouragement

Why does it matter?

Constructive criticism is important for everyone to receive and give because it promotes communication and excellence in organizations and personal growth. By hearing about areas that require improvement, individuals have the ability to change and become a better person or employee.” – Reference.com

The difference between constructive criticism and destructive criticism is the way in which comments are delivered. Although both forms are challenging your ideas, character or ability, when someone is giving destructive criticism it can hurt your pride and have negative effects on your self-esteem and confidence.” – SkillsYouNeed.com

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.” – Dale Carnegie: How to Win Friends and Influence People

Along with understanding how to speak in constructive ways that promote learning when we perceive mistakes in others, we also need to be able to accept criticism in order to learn from our own mistakes — this pairing allows growth, improvement, and development.

“A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful.” – Proverbs 28:13

We all make mistakes all the time, it is human nature. As we go through life we have plenty of opportunity to learn and improve ourselves. Therefore, no matter what kind of criticism is aimed at you, analyse it to find something you can learn from it. In material matters at work, school or social clubs for example, try to take criticism on board to help you improve. When somebody is attacking your character it is hard to accept, but that does not mean you should ignore it.

Also bear in mind that the criticism aimed at you may not make sense at the time. Generally speaking, there is usually some truth in criticism, even when it appears to be given out of spite and bitterness. It is often the case that a slight on your character is a fair reflection of how another person sees you at that point in time. Take a step back and try to see things from the other person’s point of view, perhaps ask a friend for their honest opinion – use criticism wisely and as a learning experience. See if it is possible to learn a little about how others perceive you, you may be able to use criticism to improve your interpersonal skills.

We all learn by making mistakes, and learning how to deal with criticism positively is one way that we can improve our interpersonal relationships with others. – SkillsYouNeed.com