Responding to Criticism

Responding to Criticism

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

No matter what we do or say, someone finds something to criticize. Some criticized John the Baptist because He “didn’t spend his time eating and drinking.” As a result, some accused him of being “possessed by a demon.” But they also criticized Jesus for the exact opposite behavior. Even though He was different, they claimed that He was “a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners” (Matthew 11:18-19).

Ezekiel, too, knew what it was like to be criticized. As part of his calling, God asked him to share many parables with the people of Israel. Yet some listeners never realized that his words were inspired by God. They just thought about Ezekiel as a man who told stories. But God continued to give him prophecies, and he continued to speak them to his generation.

We experience criticism in many ways. Some can be constructive, beneficial, and even necessary. As the Bible warns, “If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored” (Proverbs 13:18).

We also can be criticized unfairly. When this happens, we can learn from Ezekiel’s example and seek God for discernment and reassurance. Like Ezekiel, you will face criticism. Make sure that you are in tune with God. You can have His peace by knowing that you are being obedient to Him and to His calling on your life.