When You’re Criticized

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.

  1. Be quick to hear. (James 1:19)
  2. Be slow to speak. (James 1:19)
  3. Be slow to become angry. (James 1:19-20)
  4. Don’t rail back. (1 Pet 2:23)
  5. Give a gentle response. (Prov 15:1)
  6. Don’t defend yourself too quickly. (Prov 18:13)
  7. Humbly evaluate what might be true in the critique, even if it was given in a poor way. (Prov 17:10)
  8. Remember the fact that you have blind spots. (Psa 19:12-14)
  9. Ask others for their honest opinion. (Prov 28:26)
  10. Pray about the criticism. (Psa 139:23-24)
  11. Remember the cross. (1 Pet 2:21-25)
  12. Consider the source. (Matt 23:27-28; James 4:1-4)

This sermon was delivered on March 17, 2013.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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