Feb 202018
 

expect 2

“Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear” (Proverbs 25:12).

Dwight L Moody, the famous evangelist, was once told by an irate church lady, “Mr. Moody, I don’t like the way you do your evangelism.”

In reply Moody said, “I don’t necessarily like all of it either, but it’s the best way I know. Tell me, how do you do it?”

“Oh, I don’t,” was the reply.

“Well,” said Moody, “I like the way I’m doing it better than the way you’re not doing it.”

It’s always easy to know what to do when we don’t have to do the job, and very easy to criticize others when we’re not doing the work ourselves.

Some time ago when I was a pastor and things weren’t going too well-

I was asked what I thought about the situation and what could be done to improve things.

I said that I didn’t feel I had the right to criticize unless I was prepared to do something about it.

I was, however, prepared to help, and several of us working together saw things greatly improve.

In this instance, as it is in many other instances-

– criticism without offering help would have only served to make matters worse and cause further dissension among the groups.

So, if we’re not willing to put our shoulder to the wheel and do our bit-

– let’s not stir up dissension through negative criticism.

Furthermore, might I add that-

-journalists, politicians, authors, and even preachers don’t have the right to name others and confess their sins in public,

-without having first confessed their own sins in public.

(PA)

Oct 202017
 

expect 2

“Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear” (Proverbs 25:12).

Dwight L Moody, the famous evangelist, was once told by an irate church lady, “Mr. Moody, I don’t like the way you do your evangelism.”

In reply Moody said, “I don’t necessarily like all of it either, but it’s the best way I know. Tell me, how do you do it?”

“Oh, I don’t,” was the reply.

“Well,” said Moody, “I like the way I’m doing it better than the way you’re not doing it.”

It’s always easy to know what to do when we don’t have to do the job, and very easy to criticize others when we’re not doing the work ourselves.

Some time ago when I was a pastor and things weren’t going too well-

I was asked what I thought about the situation and what could be done to improve things.

I said that I didn’t feel I had the right to criticize unless I was prepared to do something about it.

I was, however, prepared to help, and several of us working together saw things greatly improve.

In this instance, as it is in many other instances-

– criticism without offering help would have only served to make matters worse and cause further dissension among the groups.

So, if we’re not willing to put our shoulder to the wheel and do our bit-

– let’s not stir up dissension through negative criticism.

Furthermore, might I add that-

-journalists, politicians, authors, and even preachers don’t have the right to name others and confess their sins in public,

-without having first confessed their own sins in public.

(PA)

Mar 142016
 

expect 2

“Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear” (Proverbs 25:12).

Dwight L Moody, the famous evangelist, was once told by an irate church lady, “Mr. Moody, I don’t like the way you do your evangelism.”

In reply Moody said, “I don’t necessarily like all of it either, but it’s the best way I know. Tell me, how do you do it?”

“Oh, I don’t,” was the reply.

“Well,” said Moody, “I like the way I’m doing it better than the way you’re not doing it.”

It’s always easy to know what to do when we don’t have to do the job, and very easy to criticize others when we’re not doing the work ourselves.

Some time ago when I was a pastor and things weren’t going too well-

I was asked what I thought about the situation and what could be done to improve things.

I said that I didn’t feel I had the right to criticize unless I was prepared to do something about it.

I was, however, prepared to help, and several of us working together saw things greatly improve.

In this instance, as it is in many other instances-

– criticism without offering help would have only served to make matters worse and cause further dissension among the groups.

So, if we’re not willing to put our shoulder to the wheel and do our bit-

– let’s not stir up dissension through negative criticism.

Furthermore, might I add that-

-journalists, politicians, authors, and even preachers don’t have the right to name others and confess their sins in public,

-without having first confessed their own sins in public.

(PR)

Criticism

 Discouragement  Comments Off on Criticism
Jan 032016
 
Sunday, 3 January 2016

“Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me” (Psalm 41:9).

A reader writes:
“I am currently experiencing discouragement from a friend caused by their criticism of me. In my case I wonder if some friends are too afraid of us surpassing them in some area and their being left behind. Sad, but it makes me want to pray more for my ‘discouragers’ so that they may find our Lord faithful to supply all of their wants, needs, and desires as well. After all, discouraging us doesn’t make them more successful, significant or victorious—rather, quite the opposite.”

It is true in that whenever someone rises head and shoulders above his fellow man-
– he quickly becomes the target for the jabs and jibes of jealous lesser men.

Criticism can be very painful especially when it comes from those who are closest to us.

In the long run-
– however, it does much more harm to the one criticizing than it does to the one being criticized.

Furthermore-
– criticism only destroys us if we allow it to.

If we are being criticized and the criticism is valid-
– we need to be big enough to accept the criticism and make necessary changes to correct where we have been wrong.

On the other hand, if the criticism is unjust-
– we need to realize (though easier said than done) that the more secure we become within ourselves, the less others’ criticism will bother us.

In such cases I like what another has said:
“What you think of me is none of my business.”

“Dear God, please help me to be big enough to accept all criticism, evaluate it honestly, admit where I am wrong, and make changes where such is necessary. Where criticism is unjust, help me to brush it off and pray for my critic. And please deliver me from having a negative, critical spirit. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

(PR)