Criticism can be very beneficial. It can help us correct a problem or avoid making the same mistake again and again. Or it may damage or destroy the hope that is within someone who is trying to do something good but makes a few mistakes along the way.
When the great Polish pianist, Paderewski, first chose to study the piano, his teacher embarrassed him and said, “Your hands are too small. You will never be able to master the piano.”
When the great American evangelist, Moody, closed a service, a critic said, “I counted eighteen mistakes in your grammar tonight.” Thinking for a moment, Moody graciously replied, “I am using all the grammar I know for the glory of God. Are you doing the same?”
The criticism directed at Paderewski and Moody did not cripple them, it challenged them. History records their stories and though they had their problems they went on to great things.
Criticism properly given and directed at something a person has the ability to change or improve on can be a gift from God. David wrote, “Let a righteous man strike me - it is a kindness; let him rebuke me - it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.”
People who love us will want the best for us. They will offer us suggestions on what we can do to improve our witness, service or testimony to the Lord. It is important to listen patiently, willingly and openly. Notice one word: “righteous.” People who are right with God want our best.
Prayer: Lord, we ask You to bring people into our lives who will help us to become our best and become like You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 141:5 Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness; let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.