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CriticsUnjustified criticism . . . don’t you just hate it? And who knows why it starts, where it comes from (well, it’s usually not hard to figure out where it’s coming from or where it started) and why it continues (and the real kicker is that often those folks doing the criticizing are relentless). It can come from close family members and/or close friends and/or coworkers and/or a boss or, well, just about anyone who wants to criticize us for a variety of reasons and motives.

Unfortunately, those folks doing the criticizing never seem to wear the shoes of the one who they are chronically blasting. And, depending on the motive(s) behind the criticism it can get down right vicious. And, it can destroy careers, reputations, relationships, and trickle down into a host of other areas in one’s life as those folks try their best to make our lives unbearable. But then, perhaps, that was part of the reason in the first place.

The reblogged post below titled, Unjust Criticism,” by The Daily Way addresses the issues of unjust criticism using the example of Moses. In his case the unjustified criticism came from his siblings and was motivated by envy and jealousy. Moses’ response was to intercede for them to the Lord and leave it in His hands. That’s a good remind for us if we are encountering a slew of criticism and refuse to be buried under its weight. As the reblogged post below states:

Maybe you are experiencing unjust criticism. Are you quietly doing what the Lord has called you to do, but keep getting ridiculed from those who know you best? Don’t despair or give in.

The Lord knows. He will be your source of strength and determination. Allow Him to take care of criticism and the critics by keeping your eyes focused on Christ.

God knows–and he knows everything. And he knows how the story will end, too. So don’t cave in, and look to the Lord for our help, strength, and determination. And keep a clean slate with him, too (it’s called repentence).

And don’t forget to love those who are criticizing you, no matter how hot the criticism gets, as it is love that covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:18).

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Have you ever worked as diligently as you know how, only to have somebody criticize you for something irrelevant to what you have accomplished? People who are critical often focus on unimportant things. They are motivated by envy and jealousy. Miriam and Aaron were jealous of their brother, Moses. They were envious of his godly anointing and the leadership role he had among God’s chosen people. However, instead of expressing their true feelings, they criticized Moses for marrying a non-Israelite.

Personal criticism, even when justified, is painful. Unjust and irrelevant criticism hurts deeply, especially when it comes from someone you love and trust. The criticism Moses was getting from his siblings was unjustified. Moses had interceded for them to the Lord for their idolatry, immorality, and continual murmuring. Miriam and Aaron knew that Moses was not motivated by personal gain. Numbers 12:3 states, “Now Moses was a very humble man…

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