We may feel upset when someone is challenging us. It even makes me angry when the challenge is not supported with facts or evidence. But when I calm down for a while, I am usually grateful to those who are still willing to remind me. Their criticisms leave me space to see a bigger picture for making decisions, and help me observe a godly life.
It is especially important in today’s social environment, “where everyone does what seems right in their own eyes”. (Deuteronomy 12:8). I learn from the challenges to keep a humble look inside myself to discern if the criticisms are valid. “If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but you grow in understanding if you listen to correction.” (Proverbs 15:31-32).” Interestingly, keeping a humble mind to listen to constructive criticisms has been widely accepted as a significant leadership attribute in different disciplines.