“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Aristotle
HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO CRITICAL PEOPLE?
1) OFTEN, YOU DON’T RESPOND.
When they hurled their insults at him [Jesus], he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:23
A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11
2) SOMETIMES, YOU RESPOND CAREFULLY.
Now the Ephraimites asked Gideon, “Why have you treated us like this? Why didn’t you call us when you went to fight Midian?” And they challenged him vigorously. 2 But he answered them … Judges 8:1-2
… When the men of Ephraim heard Gideon’s answer, their anger subsided. Judges 8:3 NLT
3) OCCASIONALLY, YOU LISTEN AND MAKE A CHANGE.
If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. 32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself … Proverbs 15:31-32 NLT
4) ALWAYS WORK TO GUARD YOUR HEART.
Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. Proverbs 12:18 NLT
So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. … 12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. 13 So let’s stop condemning each other. … Romans 14:10, 12-13 NLT
Talk It Over
- Which do you struggle with more? Being overly critical or being overly sensitive to criticism? How do you think this came about?
- Read 1 Peter 2:23. What is your take-away from this scripture?
- What are the most common reasons you look down on others, or cut them down? What will you do to start bringing healing instead?