Fresh Hope – 7th October 2019

Criticism will either crush you or energize you.

As soon as I’ve been criticised, I simply get alone and ask myself one simple question: what should I learn from what has just been said to me or about me?

My thinking is this: whatever truth I gain from the conversation can be used to help me to become a better person.

The same wind that threatens the chicken, lifts the wings of the eagle above the storm.

If you’re facing criticism today, consider these things carefully:

Is it constructive or destructive?

Is is gentle or judgmental ?

Is it to make me look bad and my critics look good?

Is it done discretely in private or publicly in order to damage my reputation?

Sometimes you just have to smile through criticism as you discern the spirit behind the words.

It’s hard for any of us to receive criticism, so keep your attitude about your critic in check. Remember, bitterness will do more to damage you than any criticism levelled against you would ever do.

If you’re facing criticism today, take another look at how Jesus handled it, and ask Him to help you to do the same.

1 Peter 2:23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

Pastor Mark

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