Profiting from Criticism

King Solomon teaches the benefits of receiving criticism with a humble, teachable heart. Criticism must be evaluated and faithful friends should be cultivated to speak the truth in love. Christ provides a powerful model for shaping the lives of others by admonishing with grace and integrity.

  • Learning from Criticism

    People have different priorities and expectations; so evaluate criticism in light of your purposes and calling in life. Recognize that your critics can often see your blind spots objectively, and may be able to assist you. Criticism should be carefully considered, but when your attitude is right before God, He will give you the wisdom and ...more
  • Having a Teachable Heart

    The key to profiting from criticism is a receptive, teachable heart. Solomon wrote many practical verses in the book of Proverbs about the benefits of listening to reproof. The wise person not only listens to counsel, but appropriates the knowledge into his "repository" of wisdom. He is then able to apply the information, utilize it to sift through ...more
  • Bold Prophets Who Told the Truth

    Old Testament prophets spoke God's Words boldly and faithfully, regardless of the consequences. We should listen and respond to God's Word when He speaks to us. His Word is powerful, like a sword, and discerning, like a surgeon's scalpel. 
  • Discerning Just and Unjust Criticism

    If we are to distinguish between valid criticism and unjust accusation, we must clearly understand the New Testament concept of truth. If we are to speak the truth in love, we need to comprehend how to identify clearly the heart and nature of God. Jesus not only spoke truly, He was the Truth.
  • Courage, Candor and Criticism

     King Solomon, in his wisdom, affirmed the fact that it takes love, great courage, and candor to help someone to get an objective viewpoint. Conversely, criticism can be petty, unfounded, and unfair. Self-proclaimed critics can use scathing accusations that only lead to pain and devastation. So how do we determine which criticism to receive, and ...more