“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another“
God often uses other people to work in our lives. Our friends and family may bring out the best in us by lovingly encouraging us.
This friction may chafe us. If we are not careful, we may get hot under the collar and lash out at those who irritate us. But that would not be the way of Christ.
“No temptation has befallen you that is not common to man, but God is faithful and will not allow you to be tested beyond your ability” (1 Cor. 10:13).
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 / NASB)
So the next time someone gives you some “Constructive Criticism”
Even the most irritating feedback usually contains some helpful truth if you are honest enough and strong enough to face it.
Instead of angrily rejecting the criticism,
Let the trying of your faith produce patient endurance in you, “that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (James 1:4)
But why stop there? Go “the extra mile.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:18)
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