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When Criticism Strikes, Do These 7 Things

6. Thank God for it.

Remember that your critic could not come to you without God’s permission.

Saul could not have tormented David without God’s permission. And David needed Saul in order to be fully prepared to become king of Israel.

Think of it this way. The criticism may be way off base, but God intends it for some good purpose in your life anyway.

Seen in that light, your critics are God’s servants for your good, so thank them even if you disagree with what they say. And then thank God for allowing them in your life. 

7. Forget about it. 

Sometimes criticism paralyzes us because we fear that someone is watching our every move. That’s true, of course, and that someone is God. He’s watching all you do and say, and someday you will give account to him. 

Listen to your critics.

Learn what you can from them.

Then forget about them and move on.

If the criticism is useful, you’ve gained through this process.

If it isn’t, you’ve been trained in the graces of patience and longsuffering.

Either way, you’re better off than you were before.

Don’t let them get you down.

Keep moving forward.

You’ve got important work to do.

Get after it.   

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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.