Unkind Criticism

“Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing” (Aristotle). Let our responses display maturity and educate others. Thus, English evangelist, George Whitefield (1714-1770) once responded to a very critical letter accusing him of some wrong: “I thank you heartily for your letter. As for what you and my other enemies are saying against me, I know worse things about myself than you will ever say about me. With love in Christ, George Whitefield.” Unkind criticism is the hobby of fools, the boast of the arrogant, the exploit of the jealous, and the spiritual gift of hypocrites. Learn from criticism if it’s justified; ignore it if untrue, unfair, or ignorant; and, if needed, respond to it with Christian grace (Proverbs 15:1, 2).—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim


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