Friday, May 4, 2012

When Critics Come Calling

When others, especially the people we hold most dear, launch criticism at us, it can easily destabilize our world, and in many cases even be hurtful.

1. Keep in mind that the only approval you should ever seek, is that of the Lord our God, Creator of the Universe.  Ultimately you will not stand in front of the judgment seat of the critic, but the judgment seat of God.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life.“
(Psalm 139:23-24, NLT)

2.  Evaluate the content of the criticism, the authority and good model of the source, and measure it against the Word of God.   If the criticism is valid, embrace it.

“Don’t let an arrow of criticism pierce your heart
unless it passes through the filter of Scripture.”  ~Erwin McManus

3.  There is no need to go on the offense or defense.  When you enter into an argument with a fool, you run the risk of being foolish yourself  (Proverbs 26:4)

4.  What kind of a critic are you yourself?  Do you focus on the excellences and good character of others, providing heartfelt, uplifting advice and guidance?

A true critic ought to dwell upon excellences rather than imperfections.
~Joseph Addison

There are two kinds of people in this world:  
Those who DO, and those who CRITICIZE those who do. 
Which would you rather be, a doer or a critic?

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