Do you sometimes feel held back by criticism? Does it really bother you when someone criticizes you? Pastor Ford reminds us that there are too many of us who are stuck on a lower level of success in life because we can’t stand to have somebody be critical of us. In order for us to thrive when we are criticized, we must accept the criticism then discover if there is any truth behind it.
When you are criticized, it usually demonstrates that you’re making a difference or at least trying to. If no one is criticizing you, then you’re probably not doing anything, saying anything, or trying to be anything that will make a difference. As Christians, we all ought to be receiving criticism simply for being associated with Jesus Christ.
Have you noticed that people will often put expectations on you for things that they’re not even capable of or willing to do themselves? And often those expectations are just too high and don’t make any sense? You have to understand that you’re simply not going to be able to be everything that everyone expects you to be and you can’t make everyone happy. Today, Pastor Ford will remind us to consider these things when we are being criticized.
If you want to thrive when you’re being criticized, the first thing you have to do to is comprehend the criticism you are facing. You have to analyze it and scrutinize it. You have try and get behind what the motivation is for the accusation against you. Doing this will help you determine if it’s true or not and how you need to respond.
The example that the Apostle Paul gives us in 1 Corinthians 10, shows us clearly that the Children of Israel disobeyed and rebelled against God. And Pastor Ford will point out that their rebellion actually started in their minds and then it was set into motion. It started with their attitudes and then their attitudes became actions.
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.
Treasured Truth is a 24-minute radio program, airing daily. Each day, James Ford, Jr., Pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, presents clear, powerful Bible teaching-adding godly wisdom and guidance to listeners' daily walks with Christ. Pastor Ford uses his breadth of experience to bring Christ-centered, expository preaching that is relevant to an audience of all races and cultures.