Saturday, July 5, 2014

What to do with negative criticism.

We are all guilty of giving our "two cents worth" of criticism at one time or another. 
We've all received it from others as well. 
Criticism can be said with the best intentions.
It can be received well or not.
It may be necessary to speak truth into another's life sometimes.
Words. Criticism. It can be nit picky, excessive, or only meant to hurt. 

I read somewhere (can't remember the source) that we should do the following when receiving criticism:

*Check our hearts. We aren't always right. We can think we are without fault in an area and not see the blind spot.

*Ask God to give us His wisdom to filter good correction from bad criticism.  We do need to listen to others who love us.

James1:5 "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."

Now, if we can only have Godly sensitivity when we speak to those around us. We could use our words to build others up and not tear them down. Words are powerful. We can cause great joy or great pain with the words we chose.

Sadly, I know that I've caused pain and hurt to people with my words. I want to be more sensitive to others. I want to be a better listener.  I want to encourage others more. Words of criticism can really hurt and like the photo says, the world already has enough critics. 

             Who can you encourage today? How has someone encouraged you recently?

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