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  6 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU’RE CRITICIZED

We will all be criticized at one time or another. Sometimes justly, sometimes unjustly. Sometimes others’ criticism of us is harsh and undeserved. Sometimes we may need it. How should we respond to criticism?

1. Be quick to hear (James 1:19)

This can be hard to do because our emotions rise up and our minds begin to think of ways to refute the other person.

To be quick to hear means we really do try to listen to and consider what the other person is saying. We don’t just write it off—even if it seems unjust or undeserved.

2. Be slow to speak (James 1:19)

Don’t interrupt or respond too quickly. Let them finish.

If you speak too quickly you might speak rashly or in anger.

3. Be slow to become angry

Why? Because James 1:19-20 says the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Anger won’t make someone do the right thing. Remember, God is slow to anger, patient and long-suffering with those who offend him. How much more should we be.

4. Don’t rail back

“When (Jesus) was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23).

Talk about being unjustly accused—Jesus was, yet continued to trust the Lord and did not revile in return.

5. Give a gentle response

“A soft answer turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1).

Be gracious even to those who offend you, even as God is gracious to us when we offend him.

6. Don’t defend yourself too quickly.

Defensiveness can rise out of pride and being unteachable.

 

GOD MAKES ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

In this verse, “all things” is literally all things — the good, the bad and the ugly! Now, it does not mean that all things are from God. Some things, such as accidents, sicknesses, broken relationships and divorces are not from Him. They are from the devil or just part of the fallen world that we live in. But what this verse does tell us is that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”. That is our inheritance as God’s beloved children.

Do the people of the world have this inheritance? No. When bad things happen to them, they are what they are — bad things. But when bad things happen to the children of God, it does not end there. God can make those bad things work together for good. In other words, the devil may throw lemons at you, but God can take those lemons and make refreshing lemonade for you!

For example, if you have been retrenched, believe that God, who makes all things work together for good, has a better job for you. Indeed, we have received testimonies from church members who have ended up with better jobs and higher salaries after they were retrenched.

It is important you remember that God is not behind anything bad or ugly. But when those things happen, know that He can make all things work together for good. And don’t let anyone tell you that all things will work together for good only if you love God and are called according to His purpose. These two things are not conditions but descriptions of believers. Believers are those who love God because they know that God first loved them. (1 John 4:19) And they are called according to His purpose for they have been born again and belong to Him.

My friend, because you have been born again, all things in your life will work together for good. This is your inheritance as a beloved child of God!