I contributed at Project TGM for which I’m grateful. I’ve been collecting articles, quotations, and the like about the topic of the gospel and criticism for a while. These ideas have been percolating in my heart. Read how the gospel changes everything including how we give and receive criticism.
“Men love not to be judged and censured.”
Richard Sibbes said that and I have yet to meet anyone who enjoys criticism. It could be criticism about your work, life, or your faith. It could be criticism from an unknown critic online or a loving family member. All of it is hard to swallow. We bristle when someone criticizes us because our hearts are still laced with the residue of sin.
My mom and I have a great relationship. I look back at my formative years and she provided a foundation for the love of God that hasn’t left me. I recall the words of Paul to Timothy, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you” (2 Timothy 1:5).
You can read the entire article “The Gospel & Criticism.”