Proverbs 27:17

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Giving and Receiving Godly Criticism: Sharpening Each Other With Your Words

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

Criticism is something most of us like to shy away from. We naturally want to avoid tough conversations where our actions, motives, or ministries are put under another person’s microscope. At the same time, many of us don’t like to share critique or criticism with others because we don’t want to come across as judgmental or risk hurting someone’s feelings.

While it may feel unnatural, I want to suggest that giving and receiving godly criticism is a necessary element in the life of healthy relationships and healthy churches. If we intend to help people grow in godliness but can’t give godly criticism, we won’t end up helping them very much. God uses his people to speak the truth to one another in love, and this includes critical truth. If you’re missing this element in your discipling relationships, you’re like a shepherd with no rod.

- Garrett Kell