Dec 30 2009

“The most devastating criticism turns out to be the finest mercy”

Published by at 2:54 pm under General Peacemaking

I’m re-reading Alfred Poirier’s article “The Cross and Criticism” and stopped to linger over this paragraph:

In light of God’s judgment and justification of the sinner in the cross of Christ, we can begin to discover how to deal with any and all criticism. By agreeing with God’s criticism of me in Christ’s cross, I can face any criticism man may lay against me. In other words, no one can criticize me more than the cross has. And the most devastating criticism turns out to be the finest mercy. If you thus know yourself as having been crucified with Christ, then you can respond to any criticism, even mistaken or hostile criticism, without bitterness, defensiveness, or blameshifting. Such responses typically exacerbate and intensify conflict, and lead to the rupture of relationships. You can learn to hear criticism as constructive and not condemnatory because God has justified you.

 I just love that statement, and I don’t think we can hear it enough: “No one can criticize me more than the cross has. And the most devastating criticism turns out to be the finest mercy.”

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  1. Sonyaon 12 Jan 2010 at 9:45 am

    This point, that the cross of Christ condemns me more than any other is liberating. To remember that our sins were already exposed by the Lord allows us to move forth from a stance of hiding our sin, to one of “yes, please reveal that sin too, so that I can lighten my load.”. It reminds me to choose to accept criticism as an oppotunity to shed my sin and be shown a straight path.

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