There are some benefits to criticism, for sure. In my writing groups, I expect someone to speak with honesty about my writing contribution. Did it speak clearly, address the topic well or have any grammar or spelling mistakes?
On the other hand, do they speak about my writing with encouragement, and professionalism; or are they trying to homogenize my work into bland nonsense?
And how do I receive their comments? Am I also professional, listening with an open heart and a listening ear?
Those who speak criticism from an unkind heart would best keep their mouth shut.
Take mask-wearing, for instance. The mandates have been dropped here and we can wear them or not as we choose. Still, a few folks think it is their job to tell the rest of us what to do.
Consider this. Why do others worry about what I wear on my face? My face is not their face. I get to do what I think is best for my own face. And at the same time, I must walk in the grace of God.
Consider our critical mouth, friends. How are our words encouraging one another?
Encourage one another and build each other up. (1 Thessalonians 5:11)