Priscilla Shirer asked the question in her Armor of God. “Can I become able to absorb criticism without taking offense?” Now that’s a heavy question. Maybe the criticism is for your “training in righteousness”, or maybe it holds not an ounce of merit. Either way, it is possible to absorb it without taking offense.
Christians should not become hard hearted or heartless in their dealings with people, however, if you’ve been around the block a few times; you understand you cannot take into your heart, every single mean spirited thing said about you. Nor can you absorb every thoughtless thing done to you. Why? It will result in anger and bitterness, which only hurts you. I think we have the misconception that it hurts the other person. It doesn’t.
Anger is often based on a distortion of the facts. We can ruminate poisonous thoughts in our head and assign false blame and speculation; until we are buried with hatred in our heart. For what purpose? It just leads to constant heart ache, disappointment and depression.
Un-forgiveness is probably the one most damaging emotion to be carried around by a human being. It weighs a ton. It steals your thoughts and creativity. It’s not who God says you are nor what He meant for you to carry.
What does it mean to absorb the criticism. The Bible tells us to “Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” Consider the source of the criticism. Ask yourself “Does the person have a viable reason for making the comment?” If not, let it go. Absorb it and move on. If so, then it’s your place to receive the criticism and do what you can do, to change the infraction.
It takes a mature person; to be able to accomplish absorbing criticism. Our flesh never gladly receives criticism but our spirit should be willing.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, teach me to absorb criticism, examine myself to see if I am at fault and then take action to make the necessary changes. Thank You Lord for Your patience toward me. I love You Lord! In Jesus Name. Amen