It’s tough to take criticism.
Not so much when criticism is given over a project or set of plans, but when we feel like our motives are being attacked.
As Christians, it comes with the territory to have our thoughts and ideas questioned. Soon enough, someone will question whether or not our character is steadfast.
In the book of Proverbs, chapter 27, we see a small yet powerful verse. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.“ (27:17) As we are challenged, we are sharpened and therefore, more prepared for the next dispute or confrontation.
Having our character questioned or criticised may hurt; but it may be pointing to an area of struggle in our lives that needs to be addressed. It is very difficult to accept criticism. Especially when it is not coming at us in a constructive way.
Nevertheless, we may have to accept the rebuke and choose to put ourselves under the sharpening stone. As we do, we should be constantly reminding ourselves that any and all rebuke, criticism or questioning of character, will provide growth for us as Believers.
Today, we should consider the challenge that is laid out in these verses and compare them with what we are facing this week in our work and ministry life. We should ask God to remind us of any current situations where our character may be in question.
Perhaps, we should write down the reason why that criticism hurts so bad, and reflect on what we could do to learn from that criticism.
Have you recently been criticised or has your character been put into question? How did that feel? How did you respond? Were you able to learn and grow from that situation?