My friend, may I ask you a question? If nobody knows our faults better than we do, why do we so seldom employ it in our favor when others apply criticism, just or unjust, against us? More often than not, we zero in on the marginal critique of the critic and overlook the fact that in all things we ought to know better our own faults than they?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
One thing is for certain: nobody knows my faults better than we do ourselves. Yet, knowing this, we so seldom employ it in our favor when others apply criticism, just or unjust, against us. More often than not, we zero in on the marginal critique of the critic and overlook the fact that in all things we ought to know better our own faults than they.
Recently I was confronted by a critic who told me that I needed to pay more attention to keeping errors out of the devotions I write. The writing he referred to contained a typo--one typo. At first I was taken aback. But, as I realized he had not seen the devotions I had written ten years ago, I began to find some comfort. Only I knew how many more lay embedded in those writings. With that knowledge in mind, I found it easier to thank him for his critique and still have plenty of room left over to be thankful to the Lord who had given me the ability to do the writing in the first place.
English evangelist George Whitefield knew full well the importance of leaving room for God when he was pressed by mans’ criticisms. Knowing that he was doing what was honoring to the Lord kept him from discouragement when he was falsely accused by his enemies. At one point in his ministry, Whitefield received a vicious letter accusing him of wrong- doing. His reply was brief and courteous: “I thank you heartily for your letter. As for what you and my other enemies are saying against me, I know worse things about myself than you will ever say about me. With love in Christ, George Whitefield.” He didn’t try to defend himself. He was much more concerned about pleasing the Lord. (Daily Bread, August 18, 1992.)
When we dwell on the criticisms of others, we deprive ourselves of the one thing that can give us comfort in the face of the critic: the love of our Heavenly Father who forgives our sins, covers our mistakes and works with our imperfection. When we are filled with anger or bitterness over what others say about us, we leave little room for the comfort that God freely gives us not only in the loving relationships of others who are not critical, but most importantly in that He gives us with Himself. Leave room for God and others when you are faced with criticism. It will change your self-pity into hope.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord, One of the most difficult things in life for many of us, if not all of us, is to listen to criticism, whether done out of love or outside of it. Criticism directly wounds our pride and gives us the feeling of worthlessness and emptiness. So often we place it on the top five list of things we want to avoid in life. Yet, Lord, You use criticism to teach us, sharpen us, and at times turn us away from a wrong path that we have entered onto. Forgive us Lord when we are overcome by criticism and unable to put it into the right perspective of value and importance in our lives. Help us Lord to listen to it, make good decisions and then trust that right or wrong, in the end we just have to move on. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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