Helpful Criticism.

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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 29:1-30:26, Heb. 11:32-12:13, Psalm 112:1-10, Proverbs 27:17

Daily Verse: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Prov. 27:17

Helpful criticism.

Constructive criticism from a trusted source develops character and personality. True friends help each other grow by showing each other their blind spots. Accepting and applying helpful criticism to one’s life will cause them to become a better version of themselves.

Exposing the tip of the iceberg unintentionally causes me trouble. In conversations, I often don’t realize I’ve crossed a line until too late. Stepping on landmines I didn’t see hurts the other person and forces issues to the surface that they didn’t want to discuss. 

“You have a knack,” Ron says after one such incident. He helps me become better at not committing the offense again because my husband helps me understand where I went wrong. Knowing what I did, I can stop myself from doing it again. At this point, I’m much better, but I still have work to do.

Without Ron’s sharpening, I wouldn’t learn.

Helpful criticism helps everyone. People grow from words of truth spoken into their lives with love. 

Lord, forgive us for not accepting helpful criticism. Please place people in our lives that will help us grow and become more like Jesus. Let iron sharpen iron in our relationships. IJNIP. Amen

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