“The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.” –Proverbs 15:28
Some will hate you, some will love you;
Some will flatter, some will slight;
Cease from man and look above you,
Trust in God and do the right.
Robert A. Cook, former president of King’s College in New York, told a true story from his early years in the ministry. He had been receiving some rather pointed criticism, and he sought the counsel of a friend, Pastor Harry A. Ironside.
Pouring out his heart, Dr. Cook asked what he should do about the accusations being made against him. Ironside responded, “Bob, if the criticism about you is true, mend your ways! If it isn’t, forget about it!”
The stinging barbs hurled at us by our adversaries may be uncalled for. When a verbal attack comes, it is always wise to analyze it. If it isn’t justified, let it roll like water off a duck’s back. If the accusation is true, however, take the necessary steps to correct the situation.
I like what the apostle Peter said, “If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you…But let none of you suffer as…an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters” (1 Peter 4:14-15).
Are you being criticized? Are charges being made against you? What are you going to do when the finger points at you? If the accusations are true…mend your ways! If they are false—forget about them!