Pastor, you will never be good enough for your critics. Rest in your position in Christ today. — Matt
In light of God’s judgment and justification of the sinner in the cross of Christ, we can begin to discover how to deal with any and all criticism. By agreeing with God’s criticism of me in Christ’s cross, I can face any criticism man may lay against me. In other words, no one can criticize me more than the cross has.
If you thus know yourself as having been crucified with Christ, then you can respond to any criticism, even mistaken or hostile criticism, without bitterness, defensiveness, or blame shifting. Such responses typically exacerbate and intensify conflict, and lead to the rupture of relationships. You can learn to hear criticism as constructive and not condemnatory because God has justified you.
Criticizing other’s ungodliness doesn’t increase my godliness. Citing vice out there doesn’t produce virtue in here. God, make me more aware of my sins than other’s, and more aware of Christ than either.
Chris Anderson, pastor of Killian Hill Baptist Church