Sermon by The Rev. Junchol Lee, March 18, 2018
Scripture readings: Isaiah 5:1-7, Matthew 11:20-24
It is commonly accepted that people love complements, but hate criticism. Certainly, there is a truth to it: criticism, no matter how useful or gentle it is, can hurt our feelings, while a complement, no matter how minor, makes us feel good. There is an ancient saying that a good complement could make even a bear dance. Yet, which one is truly good and beneficial to our mind and spirit: a criticism or complement? I explore a spiritual implication and understanding of judgmental statements by God and how to accept/process criticism by others.