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Do you like confrontations? Most people do not, and if you are one of the few who do enjoy them, I hope that you are capable of doing it in a healthy and humble manner because most of the people who have “enjoyed” confronting me aren’t people I have noticed being either healthy or humble. I suspect they think the same about me. And that is the real problem—it is far more appealing to defend yourself and keep your illusions about yourself than it is to hear criticism. But if I can discipline my ego and my reflexes to listen and evaluate before I start my defensive counterstroke (best defense is a good offense, right?) I may well find that my critic is far better for me than my most avid supporters. I don’t suppose my personality will ever enjoy being “rebuked” but I will confess that I need (even if I don’t want them) some of those uncomfortable conversations more than I need praise (even though I might want it more).
Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.
(Proverbs 28:23 ESV)
Lord grant that I might always listen first, and learn wisdom from those you use to correct me.
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