Be Open To Advice And Criticism

Criticism… even constructive criticism… is something none of us really ike to hear. Someone may approach us and ask, “Can I give you some constructive criticism?” and we may cringe inside and reply somewhat hesitantly… “O…k..”
So, we brace ourselves for what we are about to receive.
But, we all, at times, need constructive criticism. Proverbs 13:10 says, “Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.”
Think about those words… “..those who take advice are wise.” Now, there may be times when we are at out wits end and someone sees that and says, “Can I give you some advice?” and we reply, “By all mean… yes!” Because we really need advice… But, most of us… if we’re honest…. most of the time.. we cringe a little at advice. We aren’t sure what we are about to hear and we are kind of preparing ourselves for what we anticipate will be tough words.
But, advice can be good. None of us are perfect. None of us possess all knowledge. So there are times when we need advice.
Maybe someone has approached you recently and offered some advice but, you have resisted it. Maybe you have too much pride to admit you need help. Don’t resist advice. Be open to it. Receiving advice does not mean you are any less of a person. In fact, the opposite is true; receiving advice means you are strong enough and mature enough to admit that you need help
A wise old Pastor once told me, “when people gave me criticism, I would pray, ‘Ok, Lord; what part of this do I need to receive… help me receive what I need and toss the rest away.'” That’s great counsel.
So, if someone has offered you advice and you have resisted because you thought it made you look weak, be open to it. All of us need direction and advice at times. It will help us and make us stronger.

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