Reflections From The Bible And Life

Criticism And Praise

Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80

There are a lot of things what we undertake and oftentimes we experience failures or hardships. Because of these and negative comments from different people, we start to be discouraged, and lose our sense of direction in life. It is often our ego that dictates to us the quality of work that we do. When we are hurt, our heart is not into our work, and our minds are closed. When we are praised, we tend to do our best to gather more praises.

God wants us to be humble and patient, and just trust in the Lord and focus on what He wants us to do. Sometimes we have to go through what we experience so that we may be better persons. Our sufferings and pains are blessings for us just as the good memories are blessing for us. We learn from our sufferings and pain, and we are rewarded with joy and gladness. We shouldn’t let pride and ego get in the way, but instead work in total humility and obedience, so that we may learn any new lesson that is directed at us by God.

What the critic thinks although important, is less important tan the person being criticized. It’s the man who actually is in the arena who strives valiantly amidst errors and short comings who gets the credit. We should humbly listen to what others think about the things that we do, but we should also follow what our heart tells us is right, assuming that Jesus lives in our hearts. Sometimes, God speaks to us through these criticisms. With praises, we shouldn’t be affected by human praise, for God is behind every success that you make. We should instead be thankful to Him.

Whether or not we physically see the results of our work is insignificant. Our reward is with The Lord. That is what’s important!


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