By Dan North

“Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.” Revelation 3:19

Some people simply cannot handle any criticism. They have such an insecure sense of their sense of worth that any perceived threat to it is fought tooth and nail. The tactics employed in counter attack are emotionally fraught and pitiable: denial, lying, slander, excuses, etc. But all of this is self-destructive, especially when it’s their response to criticism come from the perfect wisdom of God. Jesus seeks you to grow into a better and better person. Often the catalysts to that growth will be growing awareness of your character flaws. Now, learning anew everyday your faults would be depressing if Christ hadn’t given you this assurance: I love you. The right response to Christ’s rebuke is excitement at the chance to grow stronger, and an earnest desire to throw off the baggage that keeps you under-performing. Think of it this way: if you’re in the game to win, you’ll be happy when coach explains that you’ve been playing with your shoes on the wrong feet, no matter the embarrassment.

Father, thank You for Your honest and perfect wisdom. You take no pleasure in cutting me down with criticism, but seek only to make me into the image of Your Son. I want that as well. Everyday expose to me to myself, and grant me the strength to change.