Monday, September 12, 2005

Criticism

The Cross and Criticism (HT: Dan Cruver)
"“In light of God’s judgment and justification of the sinner in the cross of Christ, we can begin to discover how to deal with any and all criticism. By agreeing with God’s criticism of me in Christ’s cross, I can face any criticism man may lay against me. In other words, no one can criticize me more than the cross has. And the most devastating criticism turns out to be the finest mercy. If you thus know yourself as having been crucified with Christ, then you can respond to any criticism, even mistaken or hostile criticism, without bitterness, defensiveness, or blame shifting. Such responses typically exacerbate and intensify conflict, and lead to the rupture of relationships. You can learn to hear criticism as constructive and not condemnatory because God has justified you.”

1 comment:

Mark McGowan said...

Thanks for this. "Dead men don't feel insults" was a frequent response of a friend of mine to friendly teasing during Bible college days. I believe he was quoting his pastor.