I’ll admit, I don’t take criticism very well. My gut reaction is usually to start becoming defensive (in my mind, at least, if I don’t verbalize it), turn pouty and withdraw. I suppose that no one really wants to be criticized, even if it’s “constructive” criticism, but I think others handle it better than I usually do.
I had to take some constructive criticism earlier in the week. It always stings, even when it’s coming from someone who I know loves me and has my best interest at heart.
But criticism is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, God espouses its virtues in Proverbs:
“If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. If you reject criticism, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.” Proverbs 15:31-32
O God, teach me to not shy away from criticism, but to graciously accept it and even welcome it.