In Touch Daily Devotional August 14, 2023 – The Importance of Accepting Criticism

In Touch Daily Devotional 14 August 2023
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uch Daily Devotional August 14, 2023 – Monday Daily Devotional Message Written Dr. Charles Stanley

TOPIC: The Importance of Accepting Criticism

SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 10:8-18

The wise of heart will receive commands, But a babbling fool will be ruined.

He who walks in integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will be found out.

He who winks the eye causes trouble, And a babbling fool will be ruined.

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, But the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all transgressions.

On the lips of the discerning, wisdom is found, But a rod is for the back of him who lacks understanding.

Wise men store up knowledge, But with the mouth of the foolish, ruin is at hand.

The rich man’s wealth is his fortress, The ruin of the poor is their poverty.

The wages of the righteous is life, The income of the wicked, punishment.

He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, But he who ignores reproof goes astray.

He who conceals hatred has lying lips, And he who spreads slander is a fool.

In Touch Daily Devotional August 14, 2023 MESSAGE

Nobody likes criticism, but we should remember that God can use it to tell us something important. We are wise to pay attention when people critique us. Their words—whether invited or not—should encourage us to examine ourselves and discover who we really are. If we fail to listen, we might miss out on something essential.

That’s why it’s important to respond well and evaluate criticism correctly. Instead of immediately becoming defensive or assuming you’re without fault, ask yourself, Is the Lord trying to teach me something in this moment?  It’s wise not to automatically reject the comment, blame the person who made it, or defend yourself. Instead, consider what was said and ask God to continue revealing His will for your life. Then thank the person and explain that you’ll reflect on his or her observation.

Today’s passage reminds us: “The wise of heart will receive commands” and the “one who is on the path of life follows instruction” (vv. 8, 17). If we wish to continue growing in Christlikeness, we must leave ourselves open to receive the Lord’s teachings via whatever or whomever He chooses.

Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 18-21

Reflect: Others can make us better and help us avoid pain, but only if we’re willing to consider their point of view.

In Touch Daily Devotional 14th August 2023. Charles Stanley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.

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