The Cross and Criticism
From a 1999 Journal of Biblical Counseling article called "The Cross and Criticism," by Alfred Poirer.
"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 blame-shifting."I found this amazing quote in the middle of a great blog post by a guy who received some criticism for his rapping at Bethlehem Baptist Church. You can read all about his inner journey from anger to thankfulness here.