Because I am wrong sometimes, perhaps often. Just because I received a criticism does not mean he’s wrong and I am right. I need to consider prayerfully the nature of the criticism to see if I can learn something.
Because I need an extra dose of humility. If I can move to a greater level of humility, I can become more like Christ. I need greater humility. I need to be more like Christ.
Because I tend to pray more. It’s really an indictment against me and my spiritual maturity. But I do tend to pray with greater frequency and greater fervency when I am criticized.
Because I need to be a greater encourager. I don’t like criticisms. They are painful. I need to remember to keep my own criticisms of others to a minimum, and to offer more encouragements. Criticisms remind me to encourage others.
Because I need to improve and grow. The criticisms remind me of my inadequacies and my lack of growth in many areas. I can either have a pity party, a fit of anger, or I can seek to be better. The critics push me closer to God who is my strength for any and all improvements.