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A Better Way

The Bible is against criticism whenever it conflicts with eternal viewpoint. You may say, “But it is constructive, and everyone needs to be criticized.” Consider for a moment a better way. This principle involves the application of positive communication, and creative teaching rather than constructive criticism.

This method works well whenever the individual has a capacity to receive the word of God in humility. If your employer approached you by saying, “Now, I’m going to constructively criticize you,” right away that would bring out fear, a poor self-image and reaction. You would feel as though you failed in some area. On the other hand, if he said, “I see some tremendous qualities in you, I like the way you do that. You’re a very wise person, what would you think of doing it this way? Is this a proper way to accomplish our goal or would that way be better?” You would answer, “Yes.” In the process of evaluating a situation together in humility, both of your portions would be used in searching out solutions.

When a child is taught creatively instead of being criticized, the child becomes a creative person. What would happen if people all across the nation applied this method of approaching problems? People would be helped psychologically and emotionally. This is a dynamic new way for people to be motivated properly and to develop a positive attitude.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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