In my college literature class I was taught to analyze the works of authors. At times, however, it seemed as if I was searching for and finding fault with literary giants. As a non-literary giant, this was humorous to me. In fact, if I could not find fault, my grade was lowered. As I look back, I realize I was being taught inappropriate judgment (faultfinding), not appropriate judgment (discernment).

Discernment is the judgment that God provides from His Word and Spirit, whereas faultfinding often finds its roots in my sense of inadequacy – my need to be right and superior to someone else. Anger, unrest and broken relationships are often the fruit of my “ministry of faultfinding”. Faultfinding reveals my heart. 

For the Word of God is living and active… it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Loving discernment flowing out of a pure heart yields peace and reconciled relationships. Will you join me this week in recognizing faultfinding for what it really is and seek discernment that comes from Him.


Sharing the journey with you,

Bob Snyder