by Rick White

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How to Handle Criticism (20 of 26)
Series: Truths That Transform
Rick White
2 Corinthians 10:7-18

Message Truth: All of us will receive criticism in life. Learning to respond rightly is very important.

Introduction: As we begin the message this morning I really need to make a confession to you.

(1) First, I don't really handle unjust criticism very well. I have enough problem dealing with the criticism I deserve. There are times when we believe that our critics outnumber our friends, and the hate mail piles up.

(2) Second, I really don't handle negative people very well. There is too much of life to be positive about to live as a pessimist.

(3) Illustration: Someone has defined a pessimist as someone who is sea-sick during the entire voyage of life. I recently heard about two pessimists who met at a party. Rather than shaking hands, they just shook heads.

(4) Two extreme responses: We can scream back in retribution or we can simply lie down and quit.

In 1899, Teddy Roosevelt wrote some words of encouragement to those who deal with criticism. Perhaps you will find them helpful today:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credits belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly, who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

Rom. 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to o ...

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