Constructive Criticism


Criticism never builds up. It only tears down.

One of my pet peeves is the phrase “constructive criticism”. Truly, there is no such thing. The word “constructive” has “construct” as its root word. This means to build. We have watched contractors “construct” a house or a building.

Criticism never builds up. It only tears down. That is why one of Dale Carnegie’s rules for winning friends and influencing people is to never “criticize, condemn, or complain”.

A building contractor can not build and tear down at the same time. It just doesn’t work.

In one of Paul’s letter to Timothy, he says; “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 

Teaching, rebuking, correcting, training. But not criticizing. How can we learn to correct and direct others without being critical? More importantly, are we willing to be corrected? Will we allow others to correct us when we err?

Written by Steve Crawford

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