Unlike yesterday’s example, we need to also know when to take criticism to heart and when to leave it. Sometimes well-meaning people offer important feedback in an inappropriate way. Unfortunately we aren’t always able to see the true motives behind our critics. You can start by asking yourself some questions. Does the person criticizing have a history of truthfulness? Is it just a matter of opinion? If it’s a sin issue, it will be harder to identify as we are often blinded by our own sin. When someone criticizes you, humbly ask God to reveal to you if it’s something He is wanting you to take to heart, and make changes if necessary.
1. What are some kind responses you can use when someone criticizes you?
2. Why do you think people are critical of others?
Challenge: Think of a time you were criticized, was it something you learned from? Or something you had to let go?