Okay, I’ll need some help on this one.
Solomon, the wisest king ever, said in Proverbs 25:12:
To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry. (New Living Translation)
I don’t really like criticism of any kind, but it says it right there in the Bible that valid criticism is good for me. So what is “valid criticism”? Look at this same verse in two other versions:
Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear. (NIV)
A wise friend’s timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped on your finger. (The Message)
Valid criticism comes from someone with wisdom and experience in the area they are critiquing.
Valid criticism is intended to help me get better.
Valid criticism comes in measured, well-thought-out words.
Now it’s your turn. In the comments below, please share with us how you define “valid criticism.”
Also check out 20 Helpful Thoughts On Criticism for some insights from other wise people.