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Summary: A critic is one who points out how imperfectly other people do what the critic does not do at all!

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1 Samuel 17:25-28

When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear. Now the Israelites had been saying, "Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel." David asked the men standing near him, "What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?" They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, "This is what will be done for the man who kills him." When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle."

(NIV)

I. UNDERSTANDING CRITICS AND CRITICISM

A critic is one who points out how imperfectly other people do what the critic does not do at all!

1. When a critical person is HURTING, he will naturally HURT others.

2. Criticism hurts when it comes from someone who HAS KNOWN US for a long time.

(vs. 28)

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle."

3. Criticism hurts when it questions our MOTIVES.

4. Critics have problems with projects that require a GREAT DEAL of FAITH. (vs. 31-33)

1 Samuel 17:31-33

What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him. David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him." Saul replied, "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth."

(NIV)

II. HOW TO DEAL WITH CRITICS

Critics come in TWO flavors:

PHYSICAL (Sour)

& POSITIONAL (Sweet)

PHYSICAL: Eliab, David’s older brother had been passed over for the kingly throne. He criticized David and called him names. But he was unwilling to face the giant.

1 Samuel 16:4-7

Samuel did what the LORD said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, "Do you come in peace?"

Samuel replied, "Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me." Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD."

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."


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