Fresh Hope – 1st August 2017

Criticism will either crush you or energise you. The same wind that threatens the turkey on the ground, will lift the eagle above the storm. If you’re facing criticism today, consider these things carefully: First, what’s the source? Where it’s coming from is initially far more important than what’s being said. Second, is it destructive or constructive? Often we view critics like this…constructive criticism is when I criticise you, but destructive criticism is when you criticise me! You may smile, but we have to learn to detect the ‘spirit’ behind the words. Third, is it judgmental or gentle? If words are spoken in kindness, they’re probably meant to be constructive.

None of us like to be criticised, so we each have to be careful with our attitude towards the critic. You will usually find in even the worst criticism against you that there is a nugget of truth in what is being said somewhere, so always take it away and sift through it until you find it.

If you get bitter towards your critics, you will end up far worse than they ever knew how to be.

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

1 Peter 2:21-23
This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step. He never did one thing wrong, Not once said anything amiss. They called him every name in the book and he said nothing back.

Pastor Mark

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