Dealing with Derogatory Comments & Constructive Criticism

BY REV. DORAL PULLEY

“Though he was a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.” Hebrews 5:8

In addition to self-evaluation, it is important for you to accept or at the very least be aware of the critiques of others. Our perspective of ourselves and our work is often limited. “Every man is right in his own eyes (Proverbs 21:2).” Our ability to receive constructive criticism from others speaks to our level of maturity.

Criticism comes from two places. There are people in our lives who love us and desire the best for us. We must take the time to listen to them and hear their criticism. There are other people who will give us destructive criticism. They say or do things to bring us down. However, even though their motives may not be good, we can still benefit from their perspective. If we can move beyond the hurtful words and harsh manner in which “our enemies” present things, we can gain something from them.

Criticism whether constructive or derogatory can only make us better. The relationship between King Saul and David is an excellent example of how we can learn good lessons from bad leaders and how our enemies can be instrumental in our holistic growth and development. For further research and study, read I Samuel 19:1-8.

Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.

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