Handling Criticism

“To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.”
– Proverb 25:12 (NLT) –

Criticism. Who liked to be criticized?
It directly steps on our ego.
It feels bitter. Some may even be offended due to criticism.

But some criticism are valid as they are constructive.
”Iron sharpens iron”.
We sharpen one another by offering constructive criticism.
After all, none of is perfect. All of us, without exception, have blind spots and make mistakes.
In fact, giving valid criticism is one criteria of true friends.
”Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

Love has to be tough.
We need to be grateful for the friends who have shown tough love to us by criticizing us constructively.

Sometimes, valid criticism comes in the form of rebuke.
Let’s compare king David and king Uzziah.
King David committed adultery and murder. Prophet Nathan rebuked him (2 Sam 12).
King Uzziah burned incense in the temple of the LORD, something he should not have done. The priest Azariah rebuked him (2 Chr 26)

How should one accept valid criticism? Through humility.
It takes humility to acknowledge our mistake and our weakness.
King David confessed his mistake.
King Uzziah became proud (2 Chr 26:16) and refused to acknowledge his mistake. The LORD punished him with leprosy.

Let’s learn from king David.
Do we have the humility to acknowledge our mistake and accept valid criticism?

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Posted July 18, 2016 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Verse of the Day

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