Words Of Truth - April 28, 2010

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"Criticism "

“Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs 27:5-6

     The following devotional was written by Mr. J. C. Penny in the Christian Herald, during the 1920’s:    

        BLESSED BE CRITICISM! It always should be welcome for the real good it does. It should be thoughtfully received and considered because of the kindly motivation with which it is given.

    Intelligent criticism is never crude or rude. It is neither unkind nor unjust. It bespeaks a personal interest and solicitude. A real critic need not be feared, for he is a friend. Why is it then that so many are fearful of the critic? Because a vast majority of “critics” are not critics at all. One of the easiest mistakes one can make is to conclude that he is a critic when actually he is only finding fault or giving an expression of personal opinion colored by prejudice.

    To find fault does not require any special degree of intelligence or information. Real criticism is an expression of a cooperative attitude of mind. Its purpose is to build up and to establish. A mere fault-finding disposition never constructs, but tears down, discourages and atrophies human effort. Bring on your criticism, but be sure it is criticism.

    What about finding fault? Stop it. If you have never done it, don’t begin it. What about expressing one’s opinion? It is entirely proper to do so if one keeps in mind that personal opinion should always be given and received solely as personal opinion. It may be valid, or it may not be valid.

    Criticism intelligently and kindly placed will always spur an honest man to greater activities and more heroic effort to reach the higher goals of life. There is a story that Plato told that boys in the street were laughing at his singing. His reply was, “Then I must learn to sing better.”

(The text verse and study verses have been added to reinforce the truth
of this devotion.)

Study verses - Job 9:17; Proverbs 18:6-9; Proverbs 26:20-28; Mark 7:1-6; Galatians 2:11; Revelation 12:9-11

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Previous devotions

"Six Principles For Daily Living" - April 21, 2010
"Faith Through Trial" - April 14, 2010
"We Admire" - April 8, 2010
"Faith Not Shaken" - March 31, 2010
"Take The Stand" - March 24, 2010
"Happiness Versus Pleasure" - March 17, 2010
"Singing" - March 10, 2010
"Wisdom" - March 3, 2010

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