There is an Indian proverb that says that the more fruitful a tree is the more stones are cast at it. There is also another that says that the more fruitful a tree is the lower are its branches bowed down. There are two kinds of critics:
(1) The Slanderers, whose goal is destruction, division, and dissension; these "speak evil of whatever they do not know", they go in the way of Cain, run greedily in the way of Balaam for profit, and perish in the rebellion of Korah (Jude 1:10,11).
(2) The Sharpeners, whose goal is construction, correction, and communion; they don't speak behind the back, they speak face to face with love, their desire is to help not to hurt, they are the friends who sharpen the countenance of their friends like iron sharpens iron (Prov.27:17). They make others shine better, brighter, bolder.


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