Constructive criticism is not really for the faint at heart. Some people often become offended, angry, and resentful the moment someone disagrees with their action(s) or ill disposition. Well, I got good news for you, constructive criticism is the process of offering valid and well-reasoned opinions about the work of others. A true friend will speak the truth even when it’s hard to hear: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:6). Since God loves people and wants the best for them, He points out faults, shortcomings, and sins. Jesus was quite critical of the Pharisees’ hypocrisy, and He expressed His disapproval forcibly on several occasions (e.g., Matthew 23). However, Jesus’ criticisms were always truthful and, ultimately, loving. When criticism is grounded in love we fulfill the command written in Ephesians 4:15 (“speaking the truth in love”) should be our primary guide in criticism. Godly criticism is true and loving. It comes from a humble, caring heart that wishes the best for the other person. It is not bitter, condescending, insulting, or cold-hearted. Bottom line; never assume every critic is a hater. Not everyone is hating on you. Some people might just be telling you the truth and perhaps maybe you should open your heart to listen.