Holy God, I confess that my pride is hurt. I am tempted to take this criticism as an attack on my worth. I need Your help to imitate Paul in the way he received criticism and respond with grace. Keep me from my pride. My worth is from You and not from others. Strengthen my security in that truth. Let me not resort to harsh words but reply with meekness and grace. Grant me the wisdom to respond well and in a way that honors the life to which You have called me. Help me to know that nothing said to me changes my status with You. Amen.