Proverbs 19:20 says to hear counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.
The Bible is full of exhortations for brothers and sisters in Christ to turn to each other for correction and counsel. The apostle Paul encouraged the Galatian church to bear each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2) and that if anyone is caught in a transgression, to meekly restore them (1).
It was Paul who also warned Christians to not be deceived: “bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33).
When it comes to receiving counsel, you need to use discernment. In his book You Are Next, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez maps out and discusses three different types of criticism, using the Bible as his guide.
1. Constructive Criticism
“No matter how uncomfortable a friend might be in sharing his remarks, he knows that leaving things unsaid—or worse, telling you what you want to hear—is not really loving you well,” Rodriguez says.
He points to the prophet Nathan who confronted King David about his affair with Bathsheba. Rebuking the king is not an easy feat but Nathan chose to glorify God by speaking truth.
“Why have you despised the word of the Lord by doing evil in His sight?” 2 Sam. 12:9 MEV.
Rodriguez encourages you to pay attention to criticism that intends to correct you and reorient you to God.
2. Camouflaged Criticism
According to Rodriguez, this is the most deceptive group.
“These so-called friends intend their flattery, encouragement, and instruction to harm you without your knowledge,” he says.
Rodriguez points to Judas who was one of the twelve disciples handpicked by Jesus to be a part of His ministry. And yet, Judas betrayed Jesus, handing Him over to be crucified. Rodriguez emphasizes how he feigned loyalty even in the midst of the betrayal.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rachel Sammons