Criticism Versus Love - The One Year Devos for Girls

Criticism Versus Love

(Read Mark 12:28-33)

As the family car swung away from the curb, little Annie waved to Mrs. Shrively, who was climbing her porch steps. Sarah leaned forward and rested her arms on the back of the front seat. “Whew! I’m glad Mrs. Shrively’s gone,” she said. “She was about to drive me crazy.”

Her brother Rob agreed. “And she looks funny, too.”

“And her dresses . . . ,” Sarah giggled. “They’re worse than bags. They’re tents!”

“Kids!” Mother’s voice showed her disapproval. “You both know you’re not to talk like that! Mrs. Shrively is a wonderful Christian woman.”

“But she bosses me around all the time,” said Rob, “and then she quotes Scripture to back it up. I wish she’d just leave me alone.”

“She embarrasses me in front of my friends,” complained Sarah.

Dad joined the conversation. “But she is just the kind of person that Jesus would have befriended. He loves everyone, including the Mrs. Shrivelys of the world.”

“And I doubt that Jesus would make fun of her,” answered Sarah.

Dad nodded.

“But it sure will be hard not to make fun of her,” said Rob.

“I’m sure God will help you,” said Mother.

“Let’s all ask God to help us,” suggested Dad. “If we hold up one another in prayer, God will help us to do what is right.” RG


Maybe there’s someone you really have trouble liking—someone who dresses differently or acts strangely or just bugs you. Don’t join the kids at school if they pick on one of your classmates. Whenever you’re tempted to be critical or unkind, remember that God made the person you’re criticizing, and God loves that person just as much as he loves you.

Love Others As Jesus Does


“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Romans 5:8

From the Book:

The One Year Devos for Girls cover image

The One Year Devos for Girls
By Children's Bible Hour

Read Now