Larry and LaVerne Kreider emphasize the importance of how we respond to criticism as they continue the “Passing the 21 Tests of Leadership” series. They acknowledge that criticism is inevitable in life but challenge us to walk in graciousness and be aware of the dangers of borrowing offense. Larry and LaVerne share how God can use criticism in our lives to shape and grow us, highlighting how it can be an avenue for constructive growth and development. They remind us that regardless of what people may say or think about us, we are loved and accepted by God, and that should be our main source of identity and security. Join Larry and LaVerne as they offer practical insights on how to respond to criticism in a way that honors God and leads to personal growth.

Quotable Quotes:

  • “An effective leader accepts criticism and learns to grow in the process.”
  • “Offense is probably one of the devil’s biggest tactics to throw leaders off.”


  • Romans 12:9
  • 1 Peter 5:15-16
  • The wisdom of the Holy Spirit is released to work as we give up our desire to control and fix a situation.
  • James 3:17
  • God desires for us to maintain a sense of graciousness amid differing opinions.
  • When we take offense, we become blinded to the issues in our own lives.
  • Proverbs 18:19
  • Matthew 13:57
  • Matthew 18:7
  • Luke 7:23
  • John 16:1
  • Psalms 139
  • Hebrews 12:15
  • Mark 11:24-26
  • 1 John 3:1

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