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When we encounter criticism, we can use it to help evaluate whether our focus is on God or whether it’s on ourselves. If God called us to accomplish something, but we get offended when we encounter criticism about the task at hand, then we should ask ourselves—why are we offended that somebody is criticizing what God has told us to do?
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.