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When Criticism Strikes, Do These 7 Things

3. Talk about it.

This may involve asking some clarifying questions or asking for examples. If the criticism stings you badly, ask a few trusted friends for their counsel.

You may be surprised to learn that your friends agree. Or they may tell you to forget about it.

It helps to get perspective from people who are not emotionally involved in the situation. Seek the wisdom that comes from a multitude of counselors (Proverbs 11:14). 

4. Learn from it.

Most of the time, we can learn something useful from even the most unfair criticism.

Perhaps you’ve heard about the young boy who was found digging through a large pile of horse manure.

“Son, why are you doing that?”

“With all this manure,” he replied, “there must be a horse in there somewhere.”

You may be facing a pile of manure.

There’s probably a horse in there somewhere.

Dig for it.

5. Pray about it.

If it matters to you, it matters to God. So don’t be afraid to ask God for the wisdom you need:

“Lord, is this true?”

“What are you saying to me through this?”

“Grant me your grace so that I might respond as Christ would respond.”

And maybe this prayer too:

“Lord, I believe my critics are wrong. Some of them seem to have it in for me. Would you bless them anyway? The blessings I ask for myself, I ask for my critics also.”

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Dr. Ray Pritchard serves as president of Keep Believing Ministries, an Internet-based community serving Christians in 225 countries. Keep Believing Ministries exists to equip and encourage people to keep believing in Jesus. For 26 years he pastored churches in Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago. Dr. Pritchard has authored over 25 books, including An Anchor for the Soul, Stealth Attack, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, Credo: Believing in Something to Die For, In the Shadow of the Cross, and Why Did This Happen to Me? He and his wife Marlene have been married for 39 years. They have three sons and two daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.