Facing Criticism (23 Of 27) by Larry Wynn

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FACING CRITICISM
ACTS 23
FEBRUARY 5, 1995 A.M. SERVICE
SERIES: A CONFIDENT CHURCH IN A CHANGING WORLD
BIBLE BOOK: ACTS
MESSAGE #23

INTRODUCTION

A. Someone said, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism."

B. No one likes criticism, but it is a fact of life.

1. If you are active; if you do anything someone is going to criticize you for it.

2. "The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing."

C. When criticism comes there are three temptations we face.

1. Retaliation. To criticize the critic gives momentary satisfaction.

2. Resign. To quit whatever it is we are doing.

3. Rejoice. When the critic is proven wrong it is tempting to gloat.

D. Paul faced severe criticism, but he handled it in a very good manner. He teaches
us much about handling the criticisms we face.

E. There are three things helpful when facing criticism.

I. A GOOD CONSCIENCE BEFORE THE LORD. ACTS 23:1


ILL. Conscience is that thing in you that feels bad when everything else feels good.

It is the unseen judge that: Accuses, excuses us, or commends us.

There are several types of consciences.

A. GOOD. ACTS 24:16

1. So far as you know there is nothing wrong between you and God, or you
have anyone else. There is no one you have offended where you've not
attempted to make it right.

2. It is easier to handle criticism when you have a clear conscience.

Ill. "The wicked flees when no one chases him, but the righteous are bold as
lions."

B. TORMENTED CONSCIENCE.

1. ILL. Little boy on farm killed his grandmothers pet duck, accidentally.
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