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How Do You Respond to Feedback?

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

– Proverbs 27:17

As we seek to have Jesus’ heart in leading others, it’s important to assess how we’re doing. In fact, one of the best and easiest ways to gauge our progress in this area is to ask ourselves a series of questions. That said, for the next few days, I want to offer three self-probing inquiries we can make as we emulate our Savior in both attitude and action. First of all, how do we respond to feedback? If we’re leading from a place of drive and ambition rather than calling, chances are we’ll react defensively to any hint of scrutiny. On the other hand, if we’re secure in what God has asked us to do, we’ll welcome constructive criticism as a gift. Though doing so demands that we lay our pride down on the altar of sacrifice, we gain a great deal when we understand that our enemies will tell us things that our friends wouldn’t dare to share. While it’s gutsy, adopting this paradigm in life and leadership makes us stronger, more grounded, and better-balanced people. By giving consideration to that which we don’t want to hear — even if we choose not to receive it all as truth — we place ourselves in a posture of servant-heartedness, and from there, we inherit a greater blessing. 

My friend, open yourself up to the opinions of others. While it’s unpleasant from a human standpoint, doing so can ultimately make you more like Jesus. While He was perfect, you are not, and recognizing this truth gives you power from a spiritual standpoint. Because you are loved just as you are, you can receive feedback knowing that it doesn’t change your worth in God’s eyes. Strive to lead like your Savior, assume His mantle of meekness, and He will do great things through your willingness to grow stronger by way of input.

Prayer


Jesus, make me strong and secure in you so I can embrace feedback rather than reject it.

Reflection


How do you respond to feedback? If you struggle to receive it, what steps might you take to grow in this area?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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