To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. (Aristotle, 4th century B.C. Greek philosopher)

That warning says a lot about today’s society, doesn’t it? People seem to be so opinionated and judgmental that almost anything you say to them will be criticized—justly or unjustly. Oh, that life were different, but it often isn’t. So, as we strive to avoid unnecessary confrontation, we must not be afraid to speak the truth always in appropriate ways.

These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts (Zechariah 8:16).