STOP AND THINK – Have a critical eye rather than a critical spirit – It’s an attitude issue. (Tom Roy, former baseball player, coach, and author)
It’s important to view things critically, to spot error, notice inaccuracies, and find ways to bring change. It should be done, as Roy says, with a critical eye but without a critical spirit. The purpose of criticism is to make corrections and to seek improvement by encouragement and a gentle spirit. Otherwise, we will become cynical and foster poor attitudes and behavior.
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)