Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. (Franklin P. Jones, author)

Probably no one really likes to be criticized. We might say we need constructive criticism to help us improve the way we live or act. But, even then, it often hurts, at least a little. The person who wants to grow in his or her relationships and pursuits must learn to accept helpful advice without shame or anger. Learn from the counsel and respond with gratitude.

The godly give good advice to their friends. . . . The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. (Proverbs 12:26; 27:9)