OUR DAILY BREAD 9 OCTOBER 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL — A Critical Reaction

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OUR DAILY BREAD 9 OCTOBER 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL — A Critical Reaction

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OUR DAILY BREAD 9 OCTOBER 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

( Friday 9 October 2020 )

TOPIC: A Critical Reaction

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Bible in a Year:

Isaiah 32–33 Colossians 1
The one who is patient calms a quarrel.

Proverbs 15:18

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Proverbs 15:1–2, 31–33

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MESSAGE:

Tough words hurt. So my friend—an award-winning author—struggled with how to respond to the criticism he received. His new book had earned five-star reviews plus a major award.

OUR DAILY BREAD 9 OCTOBER 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Then a respected magazine reviewer gave him a backhanded compliment, describing his book as well-written yet still criticizing it harshly. Turning to friends, he asked, “How should I reply?”

One friend advised, “Let it go.” I shared advice from writing magazines, including tips to ignore such criticism or learn from it even while continuing to work and write.

OUR DAILY BREAD 9 OCTOBER 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Finally, however, I decided to see what Scripture—which has the best advice of all—has to say about how to react to strong criticism. The book of James advises, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (1:19). The apostle Paul counsels us to “live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:16).

An entire chapter of Proverbs, however, offers extended wisdom on reacting to disputes. “A gentle answer turns away wrath,” says Proverbs 15:1. “The one who is patient calms a quarrel” (v. 18). Also, “The one who heeds correction gains understanding” (v. 32). Considering such wisdom, may God help us hold our tongues, as my friend did. More than all, however, wisdom instructs us to “fear the Lord” because “humility comes before honor” (v. 33).

By: Patricia Raybon

OUR DAILY BREAD 9 OCTOBER 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Reflect & Pray
What’s your typical reaction when you’re criticized? In a dispute, what’s a humble way you can guard your tongue?

Dear God, when criticism strikes or a dispute hurts, guard my tongue in humble honor of You.

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