“Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.” Proverbs 9:8.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 7-9, and Romans 9.
What happens when you get criticized?
My first reaction is that I become defensive. I quickly am prepared to justify what I’ve done, certain that the critic has assessed me unjustly.
Today’s verse puts me in the “mockers” category for this behavior.
I can’t imagine someone loving to be criticized. I want to build up a resume of uncontested “rightness.” If I do that then who could find fault with what I do? I would be so spectacular that I could then start to criticize others.
When I look at my life I think of the concept of doing to others as you would want them to do to you. If I dislike being criticized, then I would be the perfect person not to criticize others. Yet I do.
“I am a target for this verse and I thank You for it. I must accept criticism. I must be willing to change if it is Your will. Guide and direct me. I surrender to You.”
Ever been criticized and said thank you for it? Me either! That needs to change.