Words from the Heart for Sunday January 10th, 2021

If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.

Proverbs 15:31-32 (NLT)

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Constructive Criticism

According to an article on the Psychology Today Canada website, “Most people are very thin-skinned and easily upset when it comes to receiving criticism. Even when criticism is constructively intended, the receiver may be sensitive and respond with feelings of anger, sadness or guilt, especially when the criticism is delivered in a way that tends to arouse defensiveness … When people receive messages that start with “You” … it is natural for them to feel attacked and take a defensive or even a retaliative position.”

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No one likes to be criticized. This is particularly so if you work hard at doing your best in all things. We need to realize, however, that none of us are perfect. Our world is not perfect. We are going to make mistakes. And if we are fortunate, there will be people around us who will give us constructive counsel on how we can do better and be better. Jesus spent His entire ministry being a mentor, a disciple maker, to the all-too-human group of men and women who had gathered around him. King Solomon had noticed a kingdom of God principle about this. In Proverbs 15:31-32 he writes: “If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.” People in leadership have always recognized that in order to accomplish what they are called to accomplish; they need to gather around them men and women who can give them wise counsel. We should all put this into practice. God has placed in your life others who can help you flourish in your spiritual life.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley