Have you ever screamed, “Don’t tell me what to do!”? I know I have. I have never been good at receiving criticism, even when I see the person has my best interest at heart and is speaking the truth in love. Do you know how hard it is for an INTJ to admit that! There have been times when I haven’t listened to wise counsel or constructive criticism, and it has hurt me tremendously. For example, when I was a heavy drinker in college, folks warned me about the dangers, and it cost me. Also, when I rededicated my life to Christ and didn’t listen to those who warned of the destructive nature of pornography, it cost me again. Those are just two examples. Praise God that His grace saved me from both before I had reached the point of no return. Praise God for the men and women who continued to speak hard truth and life to me. Praise God for those who challenged me on my behavior and wouldn’t relent until I repented. Don’t let your pride get in the way of making the right choice.
Proverbs 29:1: “Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.”