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Coping with Correction and Criticism

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Coping with correction and criticism. Not an easy task, depending on the situation as well as the person dishing out the correction and criticism. Some people are just naturally judgmental and critical; others genuinely care about helping us overcome negative aspects of our lives so we can improve and reach higher levels of success.

 

 

Here’s your inspiration for this Friday evening before Christmas eve…

 

“Ask yourself how you react to correction or criticism. Try to be honest in your evaluation. Confident people who have validated themselves as valuable can receive correction without anger or a defensive attitude.

 

Confident people can listen objectively to another point of view. They can pray about what is said and either receive or reject it according to what God places in their hearts.

 

It is absolutely wonderful to be able to approve of ourselves, because we believe God approves of us, even though others do not. It is good to be humble enough to receive correction, yet confident enough not to let the opinions of others control us.” 

 

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You” 

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My reflections:

I admit that I struggle with receiving criticism, because it often feels like an attack on me personally instead of on something about my behavior that needs to change. I’ve found it makes a big difference in WHO says it and HOW that person says it.

Two people can offer the same correction or criticism – but how they say it can make all the difference in how well I’m able to receive it — or not! Also, you have to distinguish between someone who’s just being critical for the sake of criticizing–and someone who genuinely cares about helping you improve.

 

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

 

Do you receive correction or criticism well?

 

Does it depend on who says it and how they say it?

 

1 Comment

  1. Elaine Mingus (RadicalChristianWoman.com)

    It’s so hard to receive rebuke no matter how it’s given (definitely harder if it’s given in the wrong way).

    It takes a strong person to avoid jumping on the defensive bandwagon (or at least to not stay there!)

    But some of the best growth has come out of people who have genuinely meant to see me grow from their prayerful remarks that cut deep but healed a wound in the long run.

    I think our current church body needs to tough up a little. We’ve gone from hell fire and brimstone to namby pamby emotional gushy mushy. It’s time to man up yet gently.

    27 . Dec . 2016

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