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When You Are Criticized
When it comes to constructive criticism, try to learn from it and grow wiser. When it comes to unjustified criticism, remind yourself that Jesus was criticized too, so you’re in good company. And when you’re tempted to give into resentment and strike back, read these Scriptures:
20 For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
22 "Who committed no sin,
Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;" -
1 Peter 2:20-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
In other words if we suffer doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with us. For God called us to do good, even if it means suffering just as Christ suffered for us. He is our example; AND WE MUST FOLLOW IN HIS STEPS. He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. (vs 20-23 NLT)
There’s an interesting story about Abraham Lincoln. During the Civil War Lincoln issued an authorization to the War Department for an initiative a Congressman had proposed. Stanton refused to carry it out, saying that Lincoln was a fool for issuing it. "Did Stanton say I was a damn fool?" Lincoln asked the Congressman when he reported back to him. "He did, sir, and repeated it." At which point, Lincoln opined, "If Stanton said I was a damn fool, then I must be one, for he is nearly always right and generally says what he means. I’ll step over and see for myself." He did, and when Stanton convinced him that the order was in error, Lincoln quietly withdrew it.
Lincoln was supremely relaxed about being outshone by those around him. When General Ulysses S. Grant arrived in Washington in 1864 to take command of all the Union armies, a White House reception welcomed him as a conquering hero while Lincoln stood to one side, ceding the place of honor he would normally have occupied. At one point Grant took several strategic steps in the war that Lincoln feared may be a terrible mistake, when Grant subsequently delivered a spectacular victory, however, Lincoln was quick to turn around and concede his own misjudgment, "I now wish to make the personal acknowledgment that you were right, and I was wrong." He then added, "I frequently make mistakes myself, in the many things I am compelled to do hastily."
Part of Lincoln’s greatness lay in his ability to rise above pettiness, ego and sensitivity to other people’s opinions. He was not easily offended. He welcomed criticism and in doing so demonstrated one of the strengths of a truly great person: HUMILTY.
So, when we have been criticized let us make that a time to learn, not lose.
It takes courage, to refrain from gossip when others delight in it; To stand up for the absent person who is being abused.
It takes courage, to be a REAL MAN or a TRUE WOMAN, to hold fast to your ideals when it causes you to be looked upon as strange and peculiar.
It takes courage, to be talked about and remain silent when a word would justify you in the eyes of others, but you dear not speak because it would injure another.
It takes courage, to refuse to do something that is wrong although everyone else may be doing it with attitudes as carefree as a summer song.
It takes courage, to live according to your own convections, to deny yourself what you can’t afford, to love your neighbor, as yourself;
Yes it takes courage
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