The Restoring Power of Criticism

Last night at the grow bag, we at Kingsgate, were looking at what it means to be Faithful, Accountable, Servanthearted and Teachable (FAST). Today as I read from weakness to strength by Scott Sauls, he nailed the importance and priority of allowing criticism to be a tool in the hands of a loving God to change and transform us.


“Writer and philosopher Elbert Hubbard wrote, “The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.” By this standard, David [in the Old Testament] was a great leader.

Why would David choose repentance over defensiveness and saving face? Better yet, why would we? The answer should be easy. It is for the health of our souls.

Think about out. We welcome the probing and scrutiny of our bodies by doctors. We give them access to our private parts. We say “Yes, of course” when they ask to  do an x-ray to evaluate our physical health. We let them probe and prick and cut and inflict wounds to prevent other, greater wounds from destroying us. Why then would we be any less receptive when to allowing those closest to us the most intimate access to our souls and our character? Shouldn’t we allow them–even invite them–to probe, prick, cut and would us so that our souls might be healed?

Let a righteous man strike me–it is a kindess. (Ps 141:5)

Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Prov 27:6)

Whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death (James 5:20)”

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