Criticism And The Cross

In light of God’s judgment and justification of the sinner in the cross of Christ, we can begin to discover how to deal with any and all criticism. By agreeing with God’s criticism of me in Christ’s cross, I can face any criticism man may lay against me. In other words, no one can criticize me more than the cross has. And the most devastating criticism turns out to be the finest mercy. If you thus know yourself as having been crucified with Christ, then you can respond to any criticism, even mistaken or hostile criticism, without bitterness, defensiveness, or blameshifting. Such responses typically exacerbate and intensify conflict, and lead to the rupture of relationships. You can learn to hear criticism as constructive and not condemnatory because God has justified you. “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? (Rom. 8:33-34a).

~Dr. Alfred Poirier

[HT:  Justin Taylor via Route 5:9]

2 thoughts on “Criticism And The Cross

  1. Again, some much needed exhortation and teaching. I would encourage all readers to read the whole article quoted. I have a deep problem with criticism at times, and appreciated all the comments the author gives as to how to see the Cross as the answer. I plan to read the whole article daily for a while and turn its phrases into personal prayer.

    Thanks

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