Critical Spirit Quotes

Quotes tagged as "critical-spirit" (showing 1-11 of 11)
Jerry Bridges
“One of the most difficult defilements of the spirit to deal with is the critical spirit. A critical spirit has its root in pride. Because of the 'plank' of pride in our own eye we are not capable of dealing with the 'speck' of need in someone else. We are often like the Pharisee who, completely unconscious of his own need prayed "God, I thank you that I am not like other men" (Luke 18:11). We are quick to see - and to speak of - the faults of others, but slow to see our own needs. How sweetly we relish the opportunity to speak critically of someone else - even when we are unsure of the facts. We forge that "a man who stirs up dissension among brothers" by criticizing one to another is one of the "six thing which the Lord hates" (Proverbs 6:16-19)”
Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness

Mark Batterson
“Nine times out of 10, criticism is a defense mechanism. We criticize in others what we don't like in ourselves.”
Mark Batterson, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

Greg  Gordon
“Insecurity and jealously can be a cause of someone having a critical spirit towards others. Focusing on men and not the Lord can cause one to be critical of every flaw of others. Satan is also the “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) and sadly can work through or use believers to accomplish his work of tearing down. Those who are habitual fault-finders, constant critics of people and situations usually are sick in the body and full of tension and stress. The Scriptural solution to any of us even struggling in this area is clear: "stop passing judgment on one another" and that we can start to love others in the body of Christ, uplifiting them, edifying them and building them up.”
Greg Gordon

“Some parents whenever their children have an independent thought they wrap them up in warm ignorance and send them to bed”
rassool jibraeel snyman

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
“A man who called everyone a damn fool is like a man who damns the weather. He only shows that he is not adapted to his environment, not that the environment is wrong.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Robert Lane Greene
“A stickler hallmark is that those who speak or write differently can't merely be wrong; they must be depraved, too.”
Robert Lane Greene, You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity

“To some people original thought is a medical condition that leads to migraines”
rassool jibraeel snyman

“Critical feedback shared in good faith is inherently a constructive dialogue. A “critique,” a term that is both a noun and a verb, represents the systematical application of critical thought, a disciplined method of analysis, expressing of opinions, and rendering judgments.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls