“If what they are saying about you is true, mend your ways.
If it isn’t true, forget it, and go on and serve the Lord.”
Sometimes a constructive criticism is necessary, but most of the time it is better to left it unsaid than to let it out and make things worse. Here is my suggestion: be a selective hearer. Whenever you hear someone say words that smell like a bad-rotten criticism shut your ears (I’m just using figurative words here but it can also be literally applied).
“Twice I did good, and heard it never;
Once I did evil, and heard it ever.”
But when you hear a constructive-right-motive criticism, take note and take your time to examine it. It could be a sign that God may want to confront you of your sins, faults and wrong doing – it is good for your soul.
“God uses critics in our lives to help us see our pride,
To teach us true humility, to change us from inside.”
I once read a short biography of Dawson Trotman, founder of the Navigators. He had a good method for handling all criticisms directed at him. No matter how unfair the criticism might seem to be, he would always take it into his prayer closet and in effect spread it before Lord. Then he would say, “Lord, please show me the kernel of truth hidden in this criticism.”
Brothers and sisters;
THINK BIG Criticism is a spice of Life – expect it!
START SMALL Be a selective hearer.
GO DEEP “If people speak ill of you, live so that no one will believe them” (Plato)