Before I Criticize Before I engage in the arrogant practice of fault finding, I must first do the following:

1. Pause and be sure my heart is right. Do I really want to help or hinder? Which will I be doing?

2. Examine my own life to see that everything is in order. Would I be honest in condemning another while I need correction?

3. Try to put myself in his/her place. How would I be doing if I were bearing his/her load?

4. Remember Gods mercy toward me! How often have I asked for the mercy of God? Should I not extend it to him/her?

5. Consider the benevolence of others. My brethren have often borne with me in failure. Can I not now bear with him/her?

6. Remember how I was hurt when last criticized. How can I delight in inflicting that pain on another?

7. Pray for my brother and myself. I need to pray for him that he might overcome, and for myself that I might be forgiven for even considering sinning against him/her.

8. Go to my brother in humility and love. There I can confess my shortcomings and help him see the need for repentance in his life.

Submitted by R Patter

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