Not many of us enjoy being criticized, but criticism periodically comes our way. Sometimes it’s deserved. Sometimes it’s not. The big question is this: How should we handle criticism as Christians?
I’ve adapted a helpful list of wise Biblical counsel compiled by Mark Altrogge. Perhaps it will help you as much as it has helped me.
- Be quick to hear. (James 1:19)
- Be slow to speak. (James 1:19)
- Be slow to become angry. (James 1:19-20)
- Don’t rail back. (1 Pet 2:23)
- Give a gentle response. (Prov 15:1)
- Don’t defend yourself too quickly. (Prov 18:13)
- Humbly evaluate what might be true in the critique, even if it was given in a poor way. (Prov 17:10)
- Remember the fact that you have blind spots. (Psa 19:12-14)
- Ask others for their honest opinion. (Prov 28:26)
- Pray about the criticism. (Psa 139:23-24)
- Remember the cross. (1 Pet 2:21-25)
- Consider the source. (Matt 23:27-28; James 4:1-4)
This sermon was delivered on March 17, 2013.