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Facing Life's Obstacles Part 4: Facing Criticism and Praise

(Radio 5/22/2006)

Charles F. Stanley

Scripture: Proverbs 27:1-2, 21

Supporting Scripture: Proverbs 10:17;Proverbs 13:18;Proverbs 15:31-32;Proverbs 16:5, 18;
Proverbs 28:13;Proverbs 29:1, 23

  • Avoid the wrong responses to criticism: anger, defensiveness, attack, or withdrawal.
  • People respond in negative ways because of:
    • Poor self-image.
    • Insecurity.
    • Perfectionism.
    • Pride.
  • Consequences of not accepting criticism are:
    • Loss of opportunity.
    • Missing out on love.
  • Embrace the proper responses to criticism: listening, eye contact, self-evaluation, gratefulness, gracious attitude.
  • Praise and flattery are not the same thing.
  • Receive praise properly, with thanks and grace.
  • Rewards for handling praise and criticism include peace, friendship, and healing.

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