Faith & Sports Minute

MINUTE: How to Handle Hurtful Criticism

Published on October 4, 2013 | By

Whether athletes want to admit it or not, I believe they are affected on and off the field when they hear criticism from fans and media. Fans can be brutal towards players - by yelling at them during games or posting negative comments on twitter when they don't perform to their liking. 


Athletes probably receive harsher criticism, and more criticism than most, but I bet we can all relate to being attacked in some way from time to time. The question then becomes: how do we handle insults...disapproval...or even threats? Some fire back with hurtful words, while others either learn to block it out and ignore it, or develop ways to respond kindly. When we do struggle with this, we should all remember to look at the example Jesus set for us when He died on the cross to save us from our sins.


1 Peter 2:23 says, "He did not retaliate when He was insulted, nor threaten revenge when He suffered. He left His case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly."


I’m Bryce Johnson and you can UNPACK that!

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