If we are critical of others, we will also be criticised. People usually
respond to criticism with criticism and to kindness with kindness.
But it does not mean that we are to close our eyes to the wrong
character of others. Rather, it forbids a critical, fault-finding spirit toward
Jesus said to His disciples, “Why do you look at the speck in your
brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?” First remove the
plank from your own eye then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your
The person critical of another’s small fault is often trying to
cover up his own large fault.
As human beings we have no authority to criticise or belittle
another person. If we speak evil of another, we violate God’s law of love. By doing
so, we say that God’s law is wrong and set ourselves up in the place of God,
the only true Lawgiver.
Evil persons are deserving of condemnation, and we have a
responsibility under God to warn them of the consequences of their wayward
actions. But if they are yet unrepentant, further efforts to convince them of
the sinfulness of their ways will result in no benefit. They are more likely to
resent and attack those who pass judgement on their ungodly conduct.
Before passing judgement on others we should evaluate our own life,
as we are also human beings prone to faults and sins. We should live the way we
expect others to live before criticising or passing judgement on others’
We should continually do for others all the things we want them to
do for us.
So, let us shun our critical, fault-finding
spirit toward others and live the way, we want others to live, lest, we be
judged with the same judgement with what we judged others and measured back to us
with the same measure we used against others.