I hate criticism. I can’t handle it. I really can’t handle it. Especially if I receive criticism after I have poured my heart and soul into something, I simply get hurt. So hurt!!!
A couple of weeks back, Jeev got back home early from work. And I exclaimed… “Ah, you are early, I haven’t even cleaned up the kitchen…” And he gave a silly smile and said… “Illana mattum… (As if…)!!!”… I was so furious…… I blurted back in full anger…. “Why are you hurting me Jeev???” and he laughed back and said “That was supposed to be a joke”…. Ya right!!!! What is in the heart is what comes in the mouth, right girls???? 🙂
I hate the kitchen to be untidy…. I try and clean up even the little messes, as and when I cook. And as much as possible I try to keep the kitchen clean. Well… I totally agree that it is not cleaned up every single day …. but the fact is I try my best…. and I give my best!!! That’s what matters to me.
Sometimes I think about the TV evangelists and preachers who go through criticisms of various forms and think to myself “Howwwww are they handling it?” They too have a heart just like mine right?? And when people speak insensitive words against them, how do they handle it? If it were me, I think I would just say, “Bye bye ministry and find a cave in the Himalayas or something!!!”
Then comes the next question…. Well, if they are not preaching the right thing then ain’t it our ‘duty’ to inform the rest of the christendom that they are ‘WRONG!’ In all humility, I really believe that it is God’s duty to do that!!! If the flock of Christ is listening to the wrong kind of teaching, it is the Holy Spirit’s business to direct them back to the Shepherd. We don’t need to take up the Shepherds role!!! Even if we do share our views with other believers about the truth of the Word, it is always better to discuss the doctrines.… rather than the persons!!!!
A couple of years ago, I was so drawn to a particular teacher whose preaching was absolutely biblical and in the beginning I felt nothing wrong. But as days went by, something was not right about the whole thing…. I was listening more to this preacher than even spending time with the Word of God. Something dawned on me ( and I firmly believe that it was the Holy Spirit) and I said, I’m going to spend time with the Word for sometime!!! And when I began reading the scriptures…. light came into my heart…. I was clearly buying into a wrong doctrine!!! Praise God, He saved me!!!
Only God can lead a soul into light!!! No other human being can actually ‘do’ that!!
The reason I am addressing this issue is that many sincere Bible believing Christians speak against the preachers of the Word, so easily, they don’t even think it is wrong!!! What if the person you were talking against was indeed a genuine anointed man of God??? We will be accumulating a curse on ourselves and our childrens generation for our futile words. “Who can lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed and be guiltless?” asked David in 1 Samuel 26:9
May we have the spirit of David who said,‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the LORD’s anointed.’ 1 Samuel 24:10
Now common, don’t say that you aren’t physically manhandling any preacher or prophet!!! 😀 Words actually hurt deeper than any physical assault!!! I’m sure we all agree, on atleast that!!! 😀
Think about this, and have a fantastic month ahead!!!