“…who art thou that judgest another?” (James 4:12).

Having a critical mind is a habit that sees the cup always half-full especially in respect of achievement made by others. It is a junior sister to the spirit of jealousy and selfishness. Aaron and his sister Miriam were so critical of their brother Moses whom God chose to lead Israel from Egypt to Canaan. It turned out that wasn’t a trivial action – they may not have realised it when they had their anti-Moses moan, but ended up setting themselves against God.

By the time Miriam would realise her mistake, it was too late as God slammed her with leprosy and excommunication from the camp for 7 days. What a lesson for Aaron and the whole tribe of Israel! Aaron lamented – we have done foolishly and sinned (Numbers12:11). He did not only lament but repented of it fast. He could have done otherwise and said, fine, I’ve had enough. I’m off. That could have ended his relationship with God. But the man was wise; he recognised that not only did he desire clean-slate forgiveness with God for his future, but how much he’d been damaging that relationship previously by getting critical of Moses.

Brethren, whenever you are entering that critical mood, it is impossible to enter into communion with God and be careful not to be seeing fighting against your Creator.

So, when we’re tempted to get into the mood, it’s time to slam on the brakes and check into the rehab of God and ask: ‘Lord, how do you see this situation? Extend your grace to me to be loving to this individual’ Next time you’re about to utter a comment about someone’s attitude, stop and ask: why do you want to say it? Would saying this be a loving thing for both your Creator and the person? Then go ahead and speak wholesome and loving words instead.