Jesus, who never committed even the smallest offense, humbled himself and made himself nothing for our sakes.
Jesus lost face in order to save face for us.
Jesus would allow himself to be exposed, criticized, despised, and rejected in order to cover our shame and prove his great love for us.
Although He went through unfair & down right untruthful criticism He cried out, “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they are doing.”
Today I read the last devoted thought from the @YouVersion Plan From Weakness To Strength: Learning From Criticism. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/2Ml
Here is a segment from that I’d like to include for this post:
In reference to criticism –
What if the criticism is unfair? What if the critic is someone who doesn’t have our best interest in mind but instead seems to have it out for us, is not worthy of respect, or is saying things about us that are not true? What if the critic, rather than acting out of interest for our health and flourishing, is acting like a pig?
King David can instruct us here, also, in the way that he responds to an irritating man named Shimei. Shimei dislikes how David is leading the people, throws rocks at David, and hurls insults at him, “cursing him continually.” David, once again having all the power, could simply kill Shimei on the spot, and one of David’s men wants to do just that.
Abishai, whose mother was Zeruiah, said to the king, “Your Majesty, why do you let this dog curse you? Let me go over there and cut off his head!” “This is none of your business,” the king said to Abishai and his brother Joab. “If he curses me because the Lord told him to, who has the right to ask why he does it?”
2 Samuel 16:9-10 GNTD
Make no mistake, criticism can be helpful but, consider the source.
Also, I recall a post I wrote about Acceptance. In short I included this,
Acceptance has taught me that there is a bit of good in the worst of us and a bit of bad in the best of us; that we are all children of God and we each have a right to be here. When I complain about me or about you, I am complaining about God’s handiwork. I am saying that I know better than God. –
from Alcoholics Anonymous pg. 417.
Sometimes ya just gotta let things go, fully let go. After we’ve been hurt & digest whatever’s been force fed to us only we can consider the source from whence that garbage came from & go back to considering The only reliable Source, our creator.
May God continually uplift you & remind you who you are in His eyes. He loves & cares for you. He has our best interest in mind.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Philippians 4:8-9 MSG