Have A Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Criticism!!!
How Do We Respond To Criticism; We as people, do not like to hear criticism. Most often we feel offended, and even belittled. At times others do speak harshly when trying to show us a better way. However some are truly trying to teach us a better way because they care. Many times, we reject our critic’s words because of the harsh spirit in which they were spoken. In them times we need to say wait a minute if you are trying to help me then talk to me as you would want me to talk to you. However if someone comes to you in a loving way don’t let pride set in and get mad, listen to advice from the brethren after all we can help one another.
Remember Our Heavenly Father can come to us at a time when we don’t want to hear anything. It can be during a wrong attitude, or when we feel bad timing, and still tell us something we need to hear. That’s why we are wise to pay attention when people critique us. Criticism invited or not forces us to examine ourselves and take notice of weak areas. This helps us discover who we really are and avoid unnecessary mistakes. If we fail to listen, we are in danger of shutting the door to spiritual growth. Realize when we do this it is the sin of pride and our Lord hates pride. What made Satan fall????? PRIDE!!! What makes many Christians Fall? PRIDE!!! What destroys many Good Churches??? PRIDE!!!
However, that is not to say all opinions are valid. It is important to respond well and evaluate criticism correctly. First, do not immediately reject the comment, or blame the person, or defend yourself. Instead, consider what was said, and ask the Lord what he wants of you. Check it with the Bible. Then, thank the person for his concern in you, and explain that you’ll reflect on his advice. If he was sincere, he’ll be appreciative, but if his intentions were just to be critical, then he will have the wrong attitude. Next, evaluate the criticism and determine what exactly is under the microscope your beliefs, your character, the Lord? Finally, view this as an opportunity for growth, if handled properly even criticism can be used for growth. If someone is using it to ruffle your feathers let them see it is not bothering you one little bit. Let them see you handle things according to your Heavenly Father and he The Lord Jesus Christ has your back.
Jesus died on the cross for our sake, so we as believers are certain of His approval. When we remember this, the disapproval of others will take on less significance and cause less hurt. Then, as we learn to respond correctly, we’ll be blessed to find ourselves growing.
Proverbs 10:16 The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.
Proverbs 10:17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
Proverbs 10:18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.
Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.
Proverbs 10:20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.
Proverbs 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.
Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
2Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
JESUS CALLS US
Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild, restless sea; day by day his sweet voice soundeth, saying, “Christian, follow me!”
As of old the apostles heard it by the Galilean lake, turned from home and toil and kindred, leaving all for Jesus’ sake.
Jesus calls us from the worship of the vain world’s golden store, from each idol that would keep us, saying, “Christian, love me more!”
In our joys and in our sorrows, days of toil and hours of ease, still he calls, in cares and pleasures, “Christian, love me more than these!”
Jesus calls us! By thy mercies, Savior, may we hear thy call, give our hearts to thine obedience, serve and love thee best of all.
Ready to suffer grief or pain,
Ready to stand the test,
Ready to stay at home and send
Others if He sees best.
Ready to go, ready to stay,
Ready my place to fill,
Ready for service, lowly or great,
Ready to do His will.
Ready to go, ready to bear,
Ready to watch and pray,
Ready to stand aside and give,
Till He shall clear the way.
Ready to speak, ready to think,
Ready with heart and brain,
Ready to stand where He sees fit,
Ready to bear the strain.
Ready to speak, ready to warn,
Ready o’er souls to yearn,
Ready in life, ready in death,
Ready for His return.
Love and Prayers