If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. Proverbs 15:31 NLT
Have you ever met somebody that seems to know it all and always has an answer for everything? They have an “I’m right you’re wrong attitude” or just like to plain argue about anything and everything. That’s right it’s all the people we know on Facebook 🤣! (Just kidding).
Some people are so wealthy, smart, and educated that you can give advice about anything. They tend to look down or belittle any kind of input you might offer. Or how about the poor and uneducated group, they know so little yet have an answer for everything as well.
I think we have all been there at some point in our life. Perhaps you’re still there but pride and arrogance has subtly blinded you from this reality.
Has somebody ever pointed out to you that it may not be the right idea or decision? Usually, we quickly can get defensive or we begin to argue to prove we’re right.
It takes humility and wisdom to listen to constructive criticism. It also takes respect to listen to other people’s ideas and points of view. If we stop to listen even when we don’t have the right answer, we can learn something new and even gain a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.
I realize I don’t have all the answers and if I did I would be dangerous! Besides, God knows how much each of us can handle anyway. I remember taking public speaking classes in college, this was the ultimate torture and humbling experience when your classmates graded your speech! In the long run it helped me so much.
I remember one of my mentors in ministry when doing an internship we would review my Sunday sermon when I preached. It was hard to face the music and times. There were times my messages had legalistic tendencies, or I was using ‘double negatives’ in a sentence. I thought about the criticisms and learned from it. If I put up a wall and defended myself, I would have never grown as a person. I am still learning!
The key to gaining insight is to listen and be open to constructive critism it will take you a long way in this life.
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
James 1:19 NIV
Have a great day my friend and remember those affected by the hurricane this week.