Been criticized? Appreciate its blessings

Criticism can bring a marvelous blessing—the opportunity for spiritual growth! It's possible not only to overcome resentment when we feel we've been rebuked or criticized, but to grow in dignity, self-worth, and spiritual grace.

Suppose an employer points out a need for improvement in one's work. The initial response might be an immediate reaction, "He doesn't like me" or "He just doesn't recognize good work." But we don't have to react that way. If we're praying for spiritual growth, our natural response can be a thoughtful reflection, "Does he have a good point? Is there something I need to learn that will help me?" The way we respond to criticism is a measure of our spiritual maturity.

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