When I was growing up, my parents say that I was generally a pretty easy kid to correct. I was super sensitive & eager to please my parents, so they often didn’t have to get emotionally ramped up for me to be obedient. They didn’t need to yell at me or threaten or take extreme measures because I was generally very compliant. While this was great for my parents, it has been difficult on me from time to time, as I can be SUPER hard on myself. When I make mistakes or poor decisions, its easy for me to grind myself into the ground & I have to really watch my thinking to prevent a depressing meltdown.
So here’s something God has encouraged me with in the last few days. In Prov 30:10, it tells us not to slander the servant of another master. Because I’ve given my life to God, I am His servant and as such, He commands me not to slander His servant – not just others, but also myself. Does this mean that I ignore my shortcomings & areas that need growth? Of course not. But what I think God intends by this verse is that we keep our eyes on our Master, letting Him correct & grow us: sensitive to Him but not slanderous of ourselves 🙂