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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
May
10

Handling Criticism

Richard Waialeale

Scripture
"Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press their attack. My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride. When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? All day long they twist my words; they are always plotting to harm me. They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, eager to take my life. On no account let them escape; in your anger, O God, bring down the nations." (Psalm 56:1-7)
Observation
If your going to do anything great in life, you're going to be criticized. We've all had times when somebody doesn't understand us, someone doesn't accept us - we can feel the sting of that rejection. Our job is not to try and win over all of our critics and try to prove that I'm right and their wrong.

Our job is to run our race and focus on what God has put on our heart, and not allow the critics and pessimist's to control us.

I've discovered that a lot of people have been hurt in their life, and the only way to respond is out of that hurt.
It's just their nature to spit out criticism, rejection and be a faultfinder. Scripture shows me how I must trust in God. We've got to learn to shake it off and NOT allow the poison to get on the inside. Responding to Criticism can be extremely difficult, especially as a leader OR for many of us trying to minister to people. Let your actions do the talking. Word's aren't always necessary. Even Jesus when He was being criticized, when people were making false accusations, what did He do - the scripture says, "He answered not a word."

In other words, He rose above it. Jesus attitude was, my life will do the talking. Time will answer my critics.
Application
There's something about a person being talked about and criticized, and just keeps on giving it his best. He keeps receiving God's blessing and favor. I shouldn't be spending my time trying to win these critics over. I need to spend that time improving my serve, improving my skills in my own life. If people are talking, being disrespectful, saying demeaning things about me. Scripture tells me to focus on what God is doing in my own life and the "plans He has for me." Instead of letting it get me all upset, I must just prove them wrong. Work harder, develop my skills, be the very best that I can be, for what God is doing in me. Don't worry about positioning or what people think. Fear God and focus on Him.
Prayer
Thank you Lord for showing me these scriptures today and how I need to handle my critics when the pressure grows around me. Help me Lord to focus on what I need to do for the Kingdom of God. Amen.

Devotions for May 10

2 Samuel 18
Psalms 56
Matthew 27

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