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Let’s face it! If you want to be a success, you need to learn to handle criticism. It's hard to face criticism head-on. Here are some tips to help you do just that. Read on…

Criticism is a fact of life. People speak negative things, criticise without reason, discourage, and demean others. People like this could have feelings of being better or worse than others.  

Paul writes: “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18). Even when good things are done, these people do not change. How to face this kind of situation around us?  

Face criticism in a healthy way.

When David was criticised, he took it in an interesting but healthy way. If God lets someone say bad things about him, that person can’t fight against God (II Samuel 16:10). He should be quiet and introspect. 

Turn a deaf ear to adverse comments. 

Developing a deaf ear when people pass adverse comments is a good skill. 

The wise preacher advised us to ignore the words of servants (Ecclesiastes 7:21). Interestingly, he states that all humans have the habit of passing such comments. 

Hence, they should not bother when someone else, especially their servants or slaves, makes comments.

Do not be afraid of the curse. 

Many are afraid of curses. People are terrified when someone, like religious leaders or elderly or parents, curse. “Like a sparrow in its flitting, like a swallow in its flying, a curse that is causeless does not alight” (Proverbs 26:2)

Curses without a cause are empty words floating in the air and not hitting the target. God’s children, when they are silent, as faith descendants of Abraham, have the protection that God will curse those who curse (Genesis 12:3).

Don’t get weighed down by guilt. 

Some people carry fear consciousness and guilt conscience for no reason.  They think that people have the authority and unique power to curse, inadvertently offending the spiritually influential people.

The followers of Lord Jesus Christ need not be afraid or tormented by false guilt. Self-blame is the trap of Satan. Instead, they should rejoice in the Lord for His salvation and protection.

Find Comfort from the Word.

When people hurt, harass, criticise, or mock, believers seek peace from the God of all comfort (II Corinthians 1:3-5).

Reading the Scripture, meditating on the Word and understanding His promises provide comfort and consolation.

Do you look unto Him for comfort and consolation?

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Rev Dr J N Manokaran is a Researcher, Writer, Trainer and Consultant based in Chennai