Dealing with criticism well
'Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.' Luke 6:28 NIV
There are two kinds of criticism. Constructive criticism, when founded in truth and delivered well, can help us move forward in our God-given goals. Proverbs 15:31 says: 'Healthy correction is good, and if you accept it, you will be wise' (CEV). Destructive criticism threatens to derail and disempower us.
Nineteenth century evangelist and writer D.L. Moody said, 'If I take care of my character, God will take care of my reputation'. Part of doing life is accepting that people will talk about us, and some will spread negativity, especially if we're involved in a worthy cause. But as D.L. Moody observed, when we try our best to follow God, he will protect our reputation. If we are striving to life a godly life, then the truth of that will provide its own proof. Unfounded negativity from others cannot stand up against a holy life. We can be confident that God will restore truth and protect those who live for him.
If we know we have done all we can with integrity, we can follow the instruction of Luke 6:28 to 'bless those who curse you' and 'pray for those who mistreat you' (NIV). When we allow God to teach us how to deal with destructive or unfounded criticism, we will find the wisdom and strength to not only stand up against our critics' words, but to pray blessing over them.
So what now? Write out five important, encouraging truths about yourself. Put that list somewhere where you can look at it when you need encouragement for dealing with criticism.
Soulfood: Exo 25-27, Matt 8:1-9, Ps 81, Pro 2:11-15