HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CRITICISM?

“If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace;
 if you accept correction, you will be honored.” (Proverbs 13:18, NLT)

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Receiving constructive criticism is helpful, but it sure can hurt. Recently, I met with someone who had listened to me speak to a group of business leaders about keeping Christ in the workplace. In the course of our conversation, he gently pointed out a deficiency in my presentation, and asked if I would like the name of someone who could help me improve.

What? Are you kidding me? Is he serious?

Instinctively, my first reaction was to be on the defensive, but after I thought for a minute or so, I became filled with humility and came to the realization that to fix my problems I first need to acknowledge them. I had been a little uncomfortable about one of the topics I was discussing. Perhaps he could sense the difficulty I was having and really wanted to help me!

We should always want to be the best we can at whatever we commit ourselves to do, but we can’t improve unless we recognize our weaknesses. Our pride often taints our ability to improve.

In the workplace there are many performance reviews, and day-to-day issues that are glossed over, and not being addressed head on with love and kindness. Helping someone grow in his or her personal development requires the truth to be spoken. It also requires someone with humility to receive those truths.

If you have a tendency to avoid telling hard truths, ask yourself if you are holding another person back from a growth opportunity. Also consider if they will have ears to hear. Once you’ve answered those questions, do the loving thing, not necessarily the convenient. And, if someone offers to help you improve, listen to what they have to say. They just might be able to help!

Remember, “If you accept correction, you will be honored.”

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Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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10 Comments on “HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CRITICISM?”


  1. Thanks for being so real and honest in your posts Dave! There’s always something to learn and be reminded of in each of them!

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  2. Top of the morning to you Dave!!!!! This is one of your best Post “EVER”!!!! The little guys in your clip art say it all…..

    I really look forward to reading your material especially with a cuppa coffee…..

    Take Care my Friend and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

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  3. As Christians we need to feed on the Word daily (Matthew 4:4)… Once we understand God’s truth, we need to apply it to our daily lives…

    Good post today !! It’s our responsibility to help one another grow in Christ… Galatians 6:1… Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (NKJV)

    I for one, welcome any constructive criticism which I have been blinded seeing in my own life !!

    Blessings in Christ, bruce

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    • Dave Boller Says:

      Thanks, Bruce! It’s sometimes hard to accept criticism, but it really is important that we learn to keep our ears and minds open so we can continue to grow. God bless! 🙂 Dave

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  4. billhogan77 Says:

    Love the post Dave! For a couple of reasons:
    – Everyone assumes Christians have to be “nice,” so we should never offer critique, yet…
    – Why would Paul feel the need to give us guidance on how to offer critiques if not to grow us into a mature body of believers?

    “…we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. He makes the whole body fit together perfectly.” (Eph 4:15–16 NLT)

    Not only do we get better as individuals, we get better as the body of Christ!

    Keep up the good work!
    Be blessed.

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  5. garden2day Says:

    Hmmmm. Criticism is difficult to hear at times and we should watch our tone (our heart, too) when giving criticism. Take care! 😀

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