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Criticism, amongst believers

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Harsh criticism is out of place among believers, who are urged to see each other in the best possible light. Criticism of God arises from a failure to understand his actions and purposes.

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Criticism forbidden among believers

James 5:9 NIV11
Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
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Reacting to criticism

Some criticism can be disregarded

Ecclesiastes 7:21–22 NIV11
Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you— for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed others.
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Criticism can be dealt with by settling the dispute

Matthew 18:15 NIV11
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.
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Integrity is a defence against criticism

Daniel 6:4 NIV11
At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.
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Criticism can be constructive

Psalm 141:5 NIV11
Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
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Criticism and complaint directed against God

Criticism of God for his apparent injustice

Deuteronomy 1:26–27 NIV11
But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God. You grumbled in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us.
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Criticism of God for his apparent disregard of his people’s plight

Isaiah 40:27 NIV11
Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”?
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