Proverbs 15:31 An ear that listens to life-giving rebukes (constructive criticism) will be at home with the wise.
I have been thinking about this all day! I can't tell you how many times it took me to be humble enough to listen to someone who was much wiser than me on any given situation. My first response was to go on the defensive! I would immediately start building my case against them, because when they got done with me I was gonna give them some "constructive criticism"! Haha
I was too darn stubborn to listen. The Lord started working on me concerning criticism from the moment I started following Him, I just wasn't aware of it haha. Anyway, the more I started to use my ears, both of them, I started to hear genuine, life-giving knowledge. Something that had been shared with me numerous times, all of the sudden seemed new, like I heard it for the first time!
Maybe this is you? Maybe you have someone in your life that is giving some constructive criticism and you haven't humbled yourself enough to really hear what they are saying (life-giving knowledge). There isn't anything wrong with listening, God listens to us all the time, even our complaining! Haha Take a moment to think about the last conversation you had with that "person"! Was there any truth to what they were saying? Don't get distracted by their short-comings, chances are they have someone doing the same for them. Again, I'm just sharing from my heart, we can all be a better us, right?
Proverbs 10:17 The one who follows instruction is on the path to life, but the one who rejects correction goes astray.