“Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” Matthew 15: 10-11 (NIV)
Criticism sticks to me like gum sticks to the deep treaded sole of my boots. It takes a lot of digging, scraping and washing the boot to remove that nasty stuff, even then, I can see (or imagine I see) the outline of the stuck gum. For a time, the gum remains an issue, at least in my psyche.
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be”. James 3:9-10
Words do hurt. At the time of execution, the critic (a stranger, family, foe or friend) doesn’t care that their words might hurt the one they are criticizing. To them it’s about getting it off their chest or the attention seeking they desire.
We don’t need to say everything we think. We have the choice.
My prayer is this:“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19: 14 (NIV)
Source: Holy Bible, http://biblegateway.com