Good morning folks, how are you this morning? I hope all is well with you and you are managing to cope with the restrictions as best as you can. Our Reflection today looks at how sensitive we are to being criticised, so why not find a soft seat and take a few minutes to read it through. Take care, keep safe and God bless. Iain
17th February 2021
Good morning, welcome to our Midweek Meditation.
I hope you are as well as can be and you are managing to keep warm in this wintery cold spell.
How are you with criticism? Do you see it as helpful and constructive? Or does it get under your skin and bother you for ages as you keep replaying their words in your head?
It is something that we all experience at some time or another and it can seriously damage our self esteem and feeling of self worth, if we let it.
There are those who love us when things are going well, but are quick to criticise us when one little thing goes wrong.
When I was a Divinity student at University, I can well remember a more experienced Minister telling me that I would have to grow a ‘thick skin’ if I were to ‘survive’ the Ministry. I soon learned what he meant.
Most Ministers would agree that even if 99 people were to say how much they enjoyed the Service – but just one person complained about something – rather than focus on the positivity of the 99, we spent the next week or so beating ourselves up on the one negative remark.
Human nature perhaps, or maybe we are just thin skinned but maybe that is no bad thing either.
The Apostle Paul was no stranger to criticism but he said that it didn’t bother him because he knew he was answerable only to God.
Listen to what he said in 1st Corinthians 4 : 3 – 5
3 I couldn’t care less if I’m judged by you or by any human court; I don’t even judge myself. 4 I’m not aware of anything against me, but that doesn’t make me innocent, because the Lord is the one who judges me.
5 So don’t judge anything before the right time—wait until the Lord comes. He will bring things that are hidden in the dark to light, and he will make people’s motivations public. Then there will be recognition for each person from God.”
It seems to me that he is saying “I know I’m not innocent, but there is no-one who is innocent and therefore they are not in a position to judge me. Only God can judge me.
The day will come when we will all be judged and those who criticise us will be judged too and then everything will come out,”
He knew he was in God’s hands and that in the end, he would stand before God and give an account of himself and his life. He would not stand before any human to be judged.
When someone criticizes you remember that you do far more good than the small criticisms they level against you. Remember that they aren’t perfect either.
Remember too that you have a great God who thinks you are the ‘bees knees.’
In Isaiah 4 : 4 God says to us ~
“You are precious in my eyes, and honoured, and I love you.”
And if He is happy with you – that’s good enough for us.
Here are a couple of Readings which should help us –
Psalm 50:6 New King James Version
6 Let the heavens declare His righteousness,
For God Himself is Judge
Isaiah 33:22 New King James Version
22 “For the Lord alone is our Judge”
And remember –
Jesus said “blessed are those who are persecuted for you will be greatly blessed in heaven.”
Matthew 5 : 11 – 12
Let us Pray –
Listening. Loving Lord – we thank you for being with us every moment of every day. Guard us against judging others or criticizing their ways if they do or say things which we may not agree with. Remind us that only you are the great judge.
Strengthen us when cruel or unkind words are spoken against us; lift us up when others try to put us down – and keep us ever mindful of your great and enduring love for us.
How blessed we are – thank you Lord.
I hope your week is going well – and
May God bless you – and may he bless your loved ones too.
Take care, God Bless and please – keep safe.