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The Act of Criticizing Others - Saturday's Dose - 18th February 2017

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“So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?’” - (Exodus 15:24).

Thoughts for Today

The person who reacts to life based on sheer human nature is often fickle. When the Israelites were waist deep in Egyptian mud with the whips of the slave masters on their backs, they wanted to be free. They cried out to God. He heard and answered their plea.

Then, the moment they faced the slightest problem, they criticized Moses, whom God had used to deliver them from slavery. The people complained and grumbled to Moses even though he did everything for their own good. When they would get in trouble, he would intercede before God on their behalf.

Do you ever feel like Moses? You know you are doing the right thing—but, for certain people, it is not good enough. Is there someone in your life who is critical of you no matter what?

Constructive criticism can be helpful. When someone tells you in sincerity something beneficial to you, accept it in the spirit in which it is given. However, do not accept or dwell on the unjust criticism of those who seek to tear you down out of their fear.

Moses was patient with those who criticized him. He did not respond in anger or hate. He did not stop interceding for them. Today, some would say he kept a Christ-like attitude.

Learn to be someone who recognizes the difference between right and wrong criticism. With God's help, you can respond with an attitude of grace and forgiveness to those who may unjustly criticize you. Be careful not to fall into the act of criticizing others. The Bible instructs us to love others as we would like to be loved (Mark 12:31)

Prayer:Our Loving Heavenly Father, please help me to be a person who understands who I am in You. Help me to recognize just and unjust criticism and respond in Your love. Thank You for Your continual protection and strength. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen.".

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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