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The Gospel and Criticism

“That’s a bad idea! How could you think of something that awful?” “That’s a pretty good job. But you know, if you just did this one part a little bit more carefully, it would be really great.” “That stinks!” “That is not what I told you to do.” “Well, maybe next time you’ll do better.” The five examples of criticism listed above are painful to read and even more painful when you are on the  receiving end of them. Hearing someone’s unkind and unfair criticism does indeed present a trial and a challenge. It becomes even more upsetting if this type of criticism is directed at one of your children.

Families on the Move

In 1908 Henry Ford began to mass produce the Model T Ford.  For the first time, powered transportation became an option for everyday life. At first, the lifestyle changes for the general public were small. But in the 100 years that have passed since the Model T began production it is now difficult to imagine life without “wheels”.  Whether the destination is across town or across the state, we have only to find the keys and go.  The reality of quick, convenient travel has become part of our culture.

Criticism – Something to Value

11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline   and do not resent his rebuke, 12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,   as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:11-12 Criticism would make few top 10 lists of favorite gifts. While the Proverbs don’t use the term criticism, there are many passages that talk about receiving a rebuke. Almost surprisingly, the Proverbs teach that receiving a rebuke is often a good thing. Chapter 9 goes so far as to say that a wise man will love you if you rebuke him (9:8). Since the Garden, our natural tendency is to avoid blame and shift responsibility to others when our actions are challenged. It is easy […]

Preparing Your Children for Criticism

Like a coating of glaze over earthenware        are fervent lips with an evil heart. Proverbs 6:23 A lying tongue hates those it hurts,        and a flattering mouth works ruin. Proverbs 6:28 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;        someone else, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2 Wounds from a friend can be trusted,        but an enemy multiplies kisses. Proverbs 27:6 The section of Proverbs from   6:23 – 27:6 has some profound things to say about receiving criticism. One theme of this passage is to warn against living for the praise of others.  The wise man (including the wise child) is motivated by the fear of […]