Spurgeon on criticism

“A sensible friend who will unsparingly criticize you from week to week will be a far greater blessing to you than a thousand undiscriminating admirers…IF you have sense enough
to bear his treatment, and grace enough to be thankful for it”

-- Charles Spurgeon --


Jesus said: As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.

Ecc 7:5 says: It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Below are 5 different ways 'rebuke' is defined in its context in the Bible with corresponding scripture verses.

Rebuke can mean: to put in check, to restrain
•Zec 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan;

Rebuke can mean: to punish, afflict, chasten for correction.
•Ps 6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.

Rebuke can mean: to silence
•Luke 19:37-39 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.

Rebuke can mean: to heal
•Luke 4:39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.

Rebuke can mean: to calm
•Matthew 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Organized for witnessing

Guys organize their tools in their toolbox. This makes it easier for them to work.

Gals organize their kitchen so the forks, knives and spoons are separated. This makes it easier for them to be grabbed quickly. The cabinets are also organized to make finding things easy.

Church secretaries organize church members by last name, making it much easier to find someones phone number, email or address.

As Christians shouldn't we take the same organizational approach to our witnessing efforts?

Are you organized for witnessing?

Do you have 5 organized verses you can take someone to in the Bible to show them how to be saved?

Here an easy example:

- Romans 3:23
- Romans 6:23
- Romans 5:8
- Romans 10:9-13
- Acts 16:30-31

Maybe you have another 5 verses that you use. GREAT!

Or maybe you've been using the same 5 verses long enough and it's time to add ANOTHER 5 to your witnessing 'toolbox'!

Don’t force the argument

If you're looking for an argument, you'll find one.

If you want to pick a fight about something, you'll find that something.

If you want to get someone to see something from another view, it will take time, insight, patience, effort, long suffering and charity.

Argumentative force won't work.

Going fast isn’t the solution

The straight line isn't really the fastest way to get somewhere.

You don't need to get a pizza delivery boy to drive faster. You don't need him to sprint from the car to the persons door with the pizza. You don't need him to honk his horn when driving to move everybody else off the road.

Doing things faster has it's place. But it isn't always the solution. Sometimes going to fast causes problems and actually slows things down.

Slow planning, methodical thinking and taking your time to think through and count the costs will actually help you become faster. Yes, I'm saying you need to sit down and relax to become faster.

If you want more productivity...slow down, by sitting down.

We can do this in a variety of ways. For example:

  • praying before racing to see who the first one is to the outreach
  • talking with our kids before allowing them to jump into something too quick
  • letting our ideas sit and develop for awhile, before acting on them.

An runner doesn't win the race by running as fast as he can. He wins the race by slowing down and preparing, training, thinking, resting, talking with his coach and researching running regimes. THEN, he shows up to the race and runs as fast as he can.

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